Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
For those who have been around Boise State football for any length of time they know that Chris Petersen isn't one to get choked up. At least not very often.
However, in the post-game press briefing, Coach Pete did just that. You can hear the audio posted on the Idaho Press-Tribune website. It was clear that winning a share of the Mountain West Conference title was very important to him and his team. But it goes beyond that.
The 2012 season was probably one of the best, if not the best, coaching jobs Petersen has done in his seven seasons at Boise State as its head coach. It was also probably one of the most difficult.
The amount of criticism and second guessing by fans and critics alike was at an all-time high. Petersen alludes to that in his comments on the audio. He goes on to say this:
"It didn't always maybe seem like it to people in the stands, but we were getting better each week and they were working their tail off."
For the record, many did notice it, Coach, and they noticed what an amazing job you, your staff and your players have done day in and day out. It has truly been a remarkable season.
It is easy for a fanbase to get spoiled when the wins come so seemingly easy. But there is nothing easy about what happens at Boise State. The coaches and players are committed to excellence, and they prove it every single day.
The next time a Boise State fan sees a Bronco player or coach, let's say in a supermarket, or anywhere for that matter, they should thank them without giving any advice.
The Broncos are a special story and an amazing program. They also have some of the greatest fans on earth. Even if a handful of fans forget that once in a while.