KANSAS CITY, Mo. — LaVell Edwards, the longtime coach at Brigham Young University and mentor to Chiefs coach Andy Reid, passed away Thursday at the age of 86.
“I have more respect for (Edwards) than anybody,” Reid told KSL.com in 2012. “When you ask me about my favorite people, he’s right there at the top.”
Edwards compiled a record of 257-101-3 at BYU from 1972 until his retirement in 2000. He won a national championship with BYU in 1984, and coached Ty Detmer to the Heisman Trophy in 1990.
Reid played for Edwards during the 1979-81 seasons as an offensive lineman. Edwards first suggested to Reid that he enter the coaching ranks, and hired him for his first coaching job as a graduate assistant in 1982.
Edwards told the Deseret News in 2013 that Reid spoke with him on a weekly basis.
“He’s one of those guys who spends too much time at work,” Edwards told the newspaper. “He goes in at 4 a.m. and gets home at 10. Maybe he just likes to have a change, ’cause we don’t talk much about football.”
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