As part of BYU football media day announcements, the school announced that football jersey #6 will be retired to honor three players. Those players and quarterbacks Marc Wilson and Robbie Bosco, along with running back Luke Staley.
All three players are considered BYU legends, so the news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The number becomes the sixth jersey or number retired for BYU football. Eldon Fortie (#40), Marion Probert (#81), Steve Young (#8), Jim Mcmahon (#9) and Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer (#14) are the others.
The ceremony for #6 will take place during the Wisconsin game on Sept. 16, 2017.
Wilson started at BYU in 1976 and played to 1979. He was an All-American in 1979 and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1980. Marc went on to win two super bowls during his NFL career and set the bar high for future BYU quarterback stars like McMahon, Young, Detmer and Bosco.
Bosco led BYU to their national title and perfect 13-0 record in 1984. In that same year, he led the country in passing yards and finished third in Heisman voting. Bosco was drafted by the Green Bay Packers but lingering injuries from college prevented him from a long career, lasting just two years. He is still very close to the BYU program, traveling on assignment all over the world as an ambassador for the university and particularly, the athletic department.
Depending on who you talk to, Luke Staley is regarded as either the best or second-best (only to Jamaal Williams) as the best running back to every put on a jersey for the Y.
Staley is most remembered for winning the Doak Walker Award in 2001 when he led BYU to a 12-0 record and rushed for a ridiculous 8 yards per carry that season, getting the Cougars as high as No. 8 in the polls. But in game 12 at Mississippi State, he suffered a devastating leg injury and was really never able to fully recover from that and other injuries. Staley racked up over 1,500 yards in 2001 on the ground and helped BYU have the #1 offense in the country.
If you’ll be in attendance on Sept. 16, be sure to stay in your seats during halftime to honor these all-time greats.