When student athletes sign their letter of intent to become part of the BYU football program they commit to more than just playing football and attending class. Players are expected to be positive role models, give back to the community and render service to others. From the very beginning of his tenure as BYU Head Coach, Bronco Mendenhall has stated that his program has higher priorities than just what happens on the field.
Deep Shades of Blue tagged along last week as BYU Running Back Brian Kariya spoke to a group of students and community members in Morgan, Utah about the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol. Kariya finished BYU spring football practice Friday evening and then made the hour-and-a-half drive to be the keynote speaker at the event sponsored by Morgan Empowered, a community education and action group.
Brian mentioned three keys that have helped him and others stay drug and alcohol free: Seeking out good friends, staying involved in positive activities and remembering that every action has consequences.
After his address we caught up with Brian and spoke to him about the service that he and his teammates render to the community and the benefits that come from their efforts.