BYU football: Cougars to honor Wilson, Bosco and Staley by retiring No. 6

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Robbie Bosco

Robbie Bosco continued the Quarterback Factory tradition at BYU, suiting up for the Cougars from 1981-1985. He played behind two all-time greats, Jim McMahon and Steve Young, during his first three seasons of BYU football. He saw some game action as Young’s primary backup in 1983.

He took the helm in 1984, leading the Cougars during their magical National Championship run. He threw for more than 3,800 yards and 33 touchdowns, earning WAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-American Honors.

Bosco also finished runner-up for the Davey O’Brien Award and third in Heisman Trophy voting.

1985 was equally impressive for Bosco, as he threw for more than 4,200 yards and 30 touchdowns. He once again received All-American honors, and finished third in both Davey O’Brien and Heisman Trophy voting.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Bosco, and he played two seasons for them before a shoulder injury forced him to retire.

He returned to BYU football in 1990, where he served as quarterback coach for the Cougars until 2003. In 1995 he was inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame.  He is currently BYU’s Varsity Club Director.