College football lost a legend in LaVell Edwards

LaVell Edwards finally served a Mormon mission when he was 72 years old. While there, he ended up building something. He couldn’t help it.

Normally, heading off on a mission is an activity reserved for the young. During his 29 seasons as the head football coach at Brigham Young University, the unofficial epicenter of the Mormon world, Edwards had perpetually juggled his depth charts to accommodate the mission trips of his players. But while he was busy doing that, not to mention winning 257 games, there had never been time to do a mission of his own.

After retiring at the end of the 2000 season, a year that ended with his being carried off the field by his players following a defeat of archrival Utah, he and Patti, his wife of six decades, finally got the call. In 2002, they headed to New York for an 18-month public affairs assignment.

“I had no plans to do anything with football. I had promised Patti that football was done and we were really enjoying our work there in New

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