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Kyle Van Noy's open letter of appreciation to BYU
There might not be a more beloved football player at BYU than linebacker Kyle Van Noy, the two-time All-American who returned for his senior season when he quite likely would have been a high NFL draft pick. Van Noy graduated with a degree in history and a minor in communication last month, then played in his final game last week, a 31-16 loss in the Fight Hunger Bowl to Washington.
Shortly after the game, Van Noy wrote an open letter to BYU fans, administrators, coaches and teammates.
Here it is:
"When I first stepped onto BYU's campus as a student in 2010, I never could have imagined how quickly my four years in Provo would fly by. I waited a long time to be a Cougar, and not a day passes by without my thinking how fortunate I am for my decision to attend BYU.<
As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the National Football League, I wanted to send out a few special thank yous:
— To my family, friends and fiancee, Marissa: Thank you for your love and support. I never would have made it this far without all of you.
— To my teammates and coaches: Thank you for making me a better football player. I took great pride in representing the "Y" with all of you.
— To the football training staff: Thank you for working to keep my healthy and on the football field. I appreciate all your dedication, time and energy.
— To the BYU athletic and sports information departments: Thank you for making me look good in the public eye! In all seriousness, I was honored to represent the university and I look forward to continue in this role as an alumnus.
— To the BYU fans across the state, country and world: Thank you for your support, passion and loyalty. There are a lot of terrific things happening within the BYU football program and I am excited to cheer on our future success with all of you.
It has been a remarkable four years as a BYU Cougar. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for your love and support. Thank you for helping me mature into the man I am today.
Go Cougars. Too blessed to be stressed.