Monson: BYU’s Van Noy on the brink of something big
"I got back to the basics of waking up early, doing things right, saying prayers before I went to bed, thanking the man above for giving me another day. I was grateful to meet a beautiful girl who could change my life in such a positive manner. It was awesome.
"So it was surrounding myself with great people and meeting a wonderful girl."
That girl is Marissa Powell, a former Miss Utah and now a model, whom Van Noy married in June, barreling straight through a few massive transitions — finishing off his college playing career, graduating, getting drafted, showing up for mini-camp, getting married, going back for training sessions, going on his honeymoon to St. Lucia, entering preseason camp, and growing up along the way. Looking back at BYU, he says: "I left everything I could there — mentally, emotionally and physically. I did everything I needed to do. … It’s time to move on. Down the road, I’ll say I miss it. You build such great relationships. That’s what I’ll miss the most, just hanging out with the guys."
Anchored in the center of a hurricane of sentimental reflections and the pressures of and prognostications for a bright future, Van Noy’s present is tranquil, darn near sublime.
"Life is simple now," he says. "My wife and I work together, we have less distractions. She knows the price you have to pay to reach goals and to be good. We know what we want. We know what we’re doing. We’re helping each other and we’re also trying to help others as we go."
Says Marissa: "Kyle’s worked hard to prepare himself for [pro] football. But he’s also figured out what matters most in life. He cares about his job, his family and friends, his marriage, his church. He’s grounded in all of that."
He’s grounded in one other thing, too.
"I’m happy," Van Noy says. "Life is good. It’s a great experience."
GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.