Lavell Edwards produced an impressive coaching tree during his time at BYU, and one of those disciples came back to Provo Wednesday to speak to BYU’s football team.
Brian Billick, former BYU tight end in the 1970’s, came back to his alma mater to share some advice and knowledge with coaches and players.
Here is a short clip from Billick’s speech:
In addition to his time at BYU, Coach Billick is best know for his time as head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, where he won a Super Bowl in 2000. Billick’s first coaching job was a graduate assistant on Lavell Edwards’ staff in 1978.
While Billick is not LDS, he spoke to Utah Valley 360 last year about his time at BYU. Billick told Utah Valley 360, “I’m very proud of my time at BYU. The fact I’m not a member of the Church doesn’t mitigate the fact that I have a huge respect for the Church and its people. My closest advisers now, friends and financially, are all members of the Church. I’ve made some great friendships there.”
Billick’s return to BYU is another reminder of Coach Kalani Sitake’s push to bring more alumni back into and involved with the program. Few former players have accomplished as much as Billick has at the NFL level, so having him involved with the program is a big win for coaches and players.