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Detmer to give talk in Canyon Country

n Heisman Trophy winner will make speeches Sept. 27

Posted: September 15, 2009 10:40 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Ty Detmer, shown here with the Heisman Trophy he won in 1990, will be giving a speech in Canyon Country on Sept. 27 that is open to the public. Ty Detmer, shown here with the Heisman Trophy he won in 1990, will be giving a speech in Canyon Country on Sept. 27 that is open to the public.
Ty Detmer, shown here with the Heisman Trophy he won in 1990, will be giving a speech in Canyon Country on Sept. 27 that is open to the public.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Ty Detmer said there is a lot of negativity associated with football.

He will talk about the positive aspects of the game when he pays a visit to the Santa Clarita Valley later this month.

Detmer, one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history and a 14-year professional, will be giving two speeches at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canyon Country on Sept. 27. The first talk will be at 4:30 p.m. and will be aimed at all audiences. The second talk will begin at 7 p.m. and will be directed more toward members of the church. Both are open to the public.

“You hear a lot of bad things happening (in football), but there a lot of great guys playing the game that no one hears about,” Detmer said. “I’m going to kind of touch on that and the coaches I’ve played for and their different philosophies.

“It’s unfortunate that those are the headlines,” Detmer said of recent off-the-field NFL issues that have been in the headlines, such as the accusation that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman assaulted his girlfriend earlier this month. “(Denver Broncos embattled wide receiver) Brandon Marshall and Merriman — no one knows what the real story is. Unfortunately, those are things that make the headlines. We don’t get to see all the good things (football players are) doing on days off — charitable events, speaking in schools. Every team has a program.”

Detmer will also discuss integrity in sports.

He was contacted by Canyon Country resident Dan Potter, who he had never met before, to come to the Santa Clarita Valley to give
the speech.

Potter, who said he is a big football fan, has a son who is married to Detmer’s babysitter.

He called Detmer up, asked him to give the talk and the former Brigham Young University great accepted the invitation.

“Ty, you are the ultimate in college football. Just speak about ethics and what it can do for you at the highest level,” Potter recalled telling Detmer. “He says, ‘That’s no problem.’”

Detmer played at BYU from 1988 to 1991, and by the time he finished his collegiate career, Detmer owned 59 NCAA records.

In 1990, he passed for 5,188 yards and 41 touchdowns and won the Heisman Trophy.

“That was a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns,” Detmer said. “When it’s happening, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.”

Detmer said he keeps the Heisman Trophy in a back room in his house in Austin, Tex.

It used to be more prominent in his last house, but after some former teammates teased him about it, he bashfully put it more out of sight.

He threw for 16,206 yards and tossed 127 touchdown passes in his BYU career.

Detmer does have a pair of Santa Clarita Valley connections.

College of the Canyons head football coach Garett Tujague was a teammate of his and used to block for him on the offensive line at BYU.

Tujague will introduce him at the talk Sept. 27.

Tujague said Detmer was a leader.

“He expected greatness out of you when you went on field,” Tujague said. “It made you play that much better as an offensive unit.”

More importantly, the COC head coach said Detmer’s integrity and humility set him apart.

Dan Bryant, a Stevenson Ranch resident, also played at BYU and lockered between Tujague and Detmer.

Bryant said because of this valley’s football appetite, Detmer’s appearance should be a “huge” event that will appeal to players, coaches and the general public because of Detmer’s accomplishments and the kind of person he is.

“My experience with him on a personal basis, meaning being in the locker room and on the field with him, is he was a guy who was the mentoring type,” Bryant said. “Being a freshman and having a locker next to a senior, you didn’t know if you were going to get hassled or what not. He was a mentor. ... He had a mentoring spirit about him that was really neat to have.”

Detmer, now 41 years old, works for a financial services and investment firm called Triton Financial in Austin.

He and brother Koy, a former NFL quarterback as well, put on a yearly football camp also.

Detmer will give the talks at 19513 Drycliff Street in Canyon Country. There is no cost for the event and it is open to the public.



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