Thursday, March 24, 2011

BYU Thursday's Hero

BYU has a program called Thursday's Hero where they honor individuals.  This week they chose my Grandpa, Robert Hamblin.  Grandpa was a football player for BYU back around 1950.  He has been a huge fan ever since.  I wouldn't be surprised if he owned about every BYU hat or t-shirt since he played. 
We started out in the Student Athletic Building.  They have lots of Hall of Fame items we were able to look through.  Next we went to upstairs to the coaches' offices and were able to see all the rooms they plan the plays and such.  We also got to walk through the locker room. 
 This is a picture of the family that was able to come. It was a pretty big group.  We missed having the Estes family here.
 We were able to watch some highlight videos in a screening room where the teams meet.  It was funny because the first 3 or 4 rows had extra room between the seats to allow for the big linebackers to have more room.  =)
 Next, we got to visit the BYU indoor practice arena.  We were able to watch the team practice.  
 The fake grass was pretty cool.  I was "smart" enough to wear heels and my shoes kept sinking into the AstroTurf.  It had a lot of give, which I am sure is great for practicing indoors.
 Here is Grandpa being interviewed.  I guess it will be on KBYU at some point.  They drove Grandpa around the field in a golf cart. 
 After the practice the whole team came up to meet Grandpa.  They thanked him for being such a great fan.  They gave him a lot of BYU garb and then lead the team in a cheer.   I would have to say that this was a highlight of Grandpa's life.
 My two cute boys!
After the players cleared out, Rusty decided to have himself a "run".  He crawled about 40 yards before we decided it was time to go.  Maybe we have a future football player in our home.  =)
 So do you see that little signature on the sleeve?
 Here's a better view.  Can you tell who's signature that is?
That's right!   We got to meet Jake Heaps!  BYU starting quarterback.  Who knows if he will become anything or if he will end up in the NFL, but it was sure fun meeting him and have a keepsake and story for Rusty.

What a fun day.  I was so glad Daniel was able to take part of the day off work and honor my Grandpa Hamblin.  He has been a great Grandpa and will always be our BYU Hero!


Melinda said...

You look good in Cougar blue!

Stephanie said...

Cool! I also like the Cougar attire...go Cougars!

Deedles said...

Oh how fun! Looks like it was a great day!

michelle said...

I love that we both did a post about grandpa!! He is so cute! It was so good seeing you and your cutest baby!! Love you guys!