Today, the greatest quarterback at a school that boasts itself as “Quarterback U.”, Jim McMahon, tweeted that he passed his stats class today and is soon to be a graduate at BYU.
— Jim McMahon (@JimMcMahon) April 17, 2014
This is great news for Jimmy Mac because now he will finally get his place in the BYU Sports Hall of Fame.
Over the past few years there has been much debate over whether McMahon should get an exception into the hall of fame because he was such an accomplished quarterback at BYU. Now the debate can end, and McMahon can etch his name with all of the greats BYU Football has produced over the years.
My instant reaction to McMahon’s tweet was that I hope Jim’s father, James McMahon is enjoying this. Back in 2008, the elder McMahon wrote a letter to BYU Athletic Director, Tom Holmoe asking BYU to put his son in the BYU Hall of Fame. It was a great letter with tons of valid points; points that I whole heartedly agreed with. But it’s special that Jim came back and finished his schooling. You have to remember, McMahon once said in his autobiography, “Happiness was Provo in his rearview mirror.” It was a rare day that McMahon showed his face on the BYU campus after he finished the most prolific career for a college quarterback at the time in 1981.
McMahon came back to BYU in 1998 during a Thursday night San Diego State game when he was honored for his College Football Hall of Fame induction. After that rainy Thursday night in Provo, there would be another long hiatus before we saw Jimmy Mac on campus.
Things started to change when Tom Holmoe, a former teammate of McMahon’s, joined the athletic department in 2005. McMahon came back for the quarterback celebration in 2010 versus Washington. He also made appearances on BYU Football Media Day’s, and would take summer trips to Provo to check in on the program. It was great to see the man who took BYU Football to a national stage, being involved with the program once again.
I know many people have mixed opinions about McMahon. But in my opinion, he is no question the greatest quarterback to ever put on the pads at BYU. Not only was he a phenomenal talent, but the way he did it, that’s what will always separate him from the rest. He played with an edge, and a swagger that we all yearn to see in the BYU Football program today. There’s truly nobody like Jimmy Mac.