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Ty Detmer
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Detmer at 2009 fundraiser, Grants, New Mexico
No. 11, 14
Personal information
Born: (1967-10-30) October 30, 1967 (age 51)
San Marcos, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Southwest
(San Antonio, Texas)
College:Brigham Young
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 9 / Pick: 230
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:6,351
Passer rating:74.7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Ty Hubert Detmer (born October 30, 1967) is an American football coach and former player. As a player, Detmer won the Heisman Trophy in 1990 while playing quarterback for Brigham Young University (BYU). He went on to play professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He was the offensive coordinator at BYU from 2015 to 2017.[1][2] At BYU, Detmer broke several NCAA records and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. A late-round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, Detmer played for five NFL teams, mostly in a back-up role. He is the older brother of former NFL quarterback Koy Detmer.

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  • ✪ Mango seeds, Heisman trophies: BYU Football fireside with Ty Detmer and Kalani Sitake in Laie


Well, it's great to be with you this evening. Aloha or I'd say howdy. I'm from Texas so but it's good to know that Coach Sitake does have boots because he teases me about mine all the time. I didn't grow up LDS. My family was Methodist and one summer when I was ten my mom signed me up for a bible school trip and so early one morning the counselors woke us up and and the sun was just coming up and it was kind of the perfect morning and I found this little spot along a creek and it was the first time sorry the older I get, the more emotional I get, but it was the first time that I really I've sat and I knelt and I prayed that I can remember of really sincerely having a prayer, and I felt that you know just you feel the spirit at that time and and that was probably my first milestone of a really understanding that God was there and that that he knew who I was. It's an honor for me to stand before you. It's good to be back home. I want to share with you a few experiences that I've had in my life and most of it is to highlight where I come from. I have two hometowns. I'm from Laie, Hawaii and I'm from Provo, Utah, but all my upbringing and things I learned were from the community here. I've been a very lucky. I am the result of a lot of other people's hard work. I've had a great life growing up, and the reason I'm standing here before you is because a lot of people have sacrificed a lot. A lot of people in your families that are here in this community helped me and bring me to the point where I'm at right now. Like I said, I was born in Laie, and I share many great memories with each and every one of you. All of these memories that I have wouldn't be possible, it wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the power of prayer. If it wasn't for 14 year old boy who was curious about religion who read the most important scripture which you all should put in our homes found in James 1:5 when Joseph Smith read and if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to you. Brothers and sisters this is the scripture that made us and brought us here today. This should be the most important scripture. Can you imagine us in the heavens when he was walking to his chair to read the scripture? And once he read it, we all celebrated louder than any football game. The cheers were louder than any BYU football game because we knew he would open the path for us. I have to just break the news that God really doesn't care about football. He doesn't. If he did, we'd be undefeated every year. I've said it over and over again. So the only year he cared was 1984, and the only year he cared about one player was 1990, Ty Detmer. Even though you know you win the Heisman, you're playing in the NFL, all these great things are happening, things that you worked for, the important things to me at that time were the things that were happening to me spiritually because right after I won the Heisman, I joined the church about two months later and so all during that time, even though things on the field were great, I was more excited about the other things going on because those are things that we're going to carry me through the rest of my life. There's a story that I love and it's in the New Testament in Matthew chapter four. It says, and they straight away left their nets and followed with him. They didn't question. They didn't ask him why. They just left and followed him. As we develop humility you know we're able to put our nets away. Are you willing to throw those things away? Are you willing to be humble to throw away any of these things that are holding us back to follow Jesus Christ? BYU is a special place, and it's a special place for me and and to have the honor and the opportunity to come back and to hopefully have an influence on the young men that are there is something that that really means a lot to me, and I know the influence coaches and administrators and our trainers had on me at BYU were far greater off the field and they were on the field. In the game of life outside of the young people you have the best coaches around you. You have great church leaders, but more importantly you have parents who love you so much and they want to see you succeed and they want to teach you. I've talked to recruits and I said hey listen, if you don't listen to your parents, I will not recruit you. I can't because if you're not gonna listen to the people that love you the most, then why would you listen to me as a coach? And and I'll tell you if you look at the people that are successful in life in any category, there's one thing that they have in common is that they have a great relationship with their parents. I served a mission in Charlotte, North Carolina and doing that I learned a lot about myself and I learned a lot of what I needed to do to become a better person. What I learned on my mission was that first, I understood what my purpose was here on earth and what I was to do with my life. And second I understood what my faith was and how I can lean upon that and what it meant to me. Lean upon your testimonies. Lean upon your family. Lean upon those that care about you. Lean upon the Savior and his atonement because he does want to help you. But there's some rough things in my life were happening, and I decided as a little boy that I was going to skip church. I tricked everybody. I made everyone think I was going to go to church, and I didn't go. I decided I'm going to do something else in Laie, and I started walking around Laie. It's not hard to just walk around, but you know everybody's at church and not a lot of people are walking or can see me doing that so I was feeling good about myself. I got hungry and everybody knows about the mango tree so I decide I'm going to go get a mango, and I walked over and all the good ones are taken probably because Jack and all the boys took all the good ones, but there's a couple small ones. I grab a small, and I was eating it and was thinking man, I'm feeling really good about myself. I don't need to go to church. And then I remember putting this small seed, I put the seat inside my mouth and spitting and thinking about stuff you know and all of a sudden I couldn't breathe. The seed had gone right down my throat and was clogging my airway. I couldn't I couldn't breathe. If you know anything about Sunday Laie, especially around that time in there in the eighties, there was nobody in the streets so I was running all over the place on the street trying to find somebody, and I was panicking. I was panicking I thought I was going to die and all I could think of my head was, oh pray, pray. So I jumped to my knees to pray and as soon as my knees hit, the mango seed came flying out. The mango seed came flying out right in front of me, I kicked it aside and ran to church as fast as I could. So kids don't miss church. I'm just telling you right now.


Early years

Detmer was born in San Marcos, Texas.[3] He attended Hobby Middle School, Mount Sacred Heart Middle School, and United Middle School in Laredo, Texas, and Southwest High School in San Antonio, Texas.[4] He earned letters in golf, football, basketball, baseball, and track. As a senior, Detmer won high school All-American honors in football and was the Texas Player of the Year. He also won all-state honors in baseball and all-district accolades in basketball.

College career

Detmer attended BYU, where he played for the BYU Cougars football team from 1987 to 1991. In deciding which college to attend, he was in part attracted by BYU's alcohol-free environment.[5] He redshirted for the Cougars during the 1987 season, and shared quarterback duties with Sean Covey as a redshirt freshman in 1988. Detmer started only one game that year, but he made the most of the opportunity, passing for 333 yards to and five touchdowns in a 65-0 victory over New Mexico. Later, he was named Most Valuable Player of the 1988 Freedom Bowl, after entering the game as a substitute and leading BYU to a come-from-behind 20–17 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes.

Detmer became the full-time starter in 1989. He emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, passing for 4,560 yards and 32 touchdowns during the regular season. His passer rating of 175.6 led the NCAA, and he finished second to Houston's Andre Ware in total offense. He led BYU to a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship, the team's first since 1985. Detmer finished the season with a strong performance against Penn State in the 1989 Holiday Bowl, setting NCAA records for most passing yards (576) and most yards of total offense (594) in a single bowl game. He finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Detmer's 1990 junior season ranks as one of the greatest seasons for a quarterback in college football history. He passed for 5,188 yards and 41 touchdowns in 12 regular season games, and finished the year with 42 NCAA records (and tied for five others). The highpoint of the season was BYU's 28-21 upset victory over the top-ranked Miami Hurricanes; Detmer led the Cougars by passing for 406 yards and three touchdowns against the defending national champions. For his performance that season, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy, as well as many other honors including the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having been named to the first teams of the Associated Press, UPI, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp Foundation, Football News, Scripps Howard, and the Sporting News. Unfortunately for Detmer and BYU, the season ended in disastrous fashion: the Cougars lost 59-28 in their final regular season game against Hawaii, then lost 65-14 to Texas A&M in the 1990 Holiday Bowl. Detmer was knocked out of the game against Texas A&M, suffering two separated shoulders that required off-season surgery.

The 1991 season started poorly for BYU, as the Cougars lost their first three games (on a neutral field against #1 Florida State and road contests against #23 UCLA and #12 Penn State). After an 0–3 start, Detmer and BYU turned things around. The Cougars won eight straight games, and clinched their third consecutive WAC championship with a 52–52 tie against San Diego State in their final regular season road game. In that contest, BYU fell behind 45–17 before Detmer led a comeback. He finished the game with 599 passing yards and six touchdowns, both career highs. In his final game as a Cougar, Detmer passed for 350 yards to lead BYU to a 13–13 tie against heavily favored #7 Iowa in the 1991 Holiday Bowl. He totaled 4,031 passing yards and 35 touchdowns in regular season play during his senior year. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, but won the Davey O'Brien Award again and also earned the Sammy Baugh Trophy and Today's Top VI Award. Additionally, he was again recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Detmer finished his college career with the following totals: 1,530 pass attempts; 958 completions; 15,031 passing yards; 121 touchdown passes; 14,665 yards of total offense; 135 touchdowns responsible for; and 162.7 passer rating—all NCAA records at the time. In total, he finished his college career with 59 NCAA records and tied for three others. Including statistics from bowl games, Detmer amassed 16,206 passing yards and 127 touchdown passes at BYU. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in recreation administration. In 2012, Detmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Despite his success at BYU, many analysts thought that Detmer was too small to play quarterback in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers drafted him in the ninth round (230th pick overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft.[6] Detmer spent four seasons with the Packers, but appeared in only seven games while serving as back-up to starter Brett Favre.[7]

Philadelphia Eagles

Detmer found more playing time after signing a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996. After Rodney Peete suffered a knee injury, Detmer became the team's starting quarterback. Detmer posted a 4–0 record in his first four starts. In his first start against the division rival New York Giants, Detmer completed 18 of 33 passes for 170 yards and no interceptions in the 19–10 victory. In his second start, he threw four touchdown passes (all to Irving Fryar) against the Miami Dolphins. The following week, he passed for a career-high 342 yards against the Carolina Panthers. The next week, he passed for 217 yards and a touchdown and added his first career rushing touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. It was Philadelphia's first victory at Dallas since 1991, and earned Detmer the NFL Player of the Week award. A few weeks later, Detmer and the Eagles ended a three-game losing streak as they shut out the Giants in the rematch 24–0. Detmer threw three touchdowns in the win. For the year, Detmer passed for 2,911 yards and 15 touchdowns; his 80.8 passer rating ranked fourth among NFC quarterbacks. The Eagles posted a 7–4 record with Detmer as the starter during the 1996 season, good enough to enter the NFC playoffs. The following season, Detmer shared quarterback duties with Peete and Bobby Hoying.

San Francisco 49ers

Detmer left Philadelphia in 1998 and joined the San Francisco 49ers as a backup to Steve Young. He spent only one season in San Francisco. His lone start came against the Panthers in which he passed for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 49ers' 25–23 victory. He mostly held the ball on field goals and PAT attempts.[8]

Cleveland Browns

Detmer was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1999; the Browns wanted him to mentor rookie quarterback Tim Couch. Detmer started the first game of the 1999 season, then served as backup until Couch sprained his foot in week 15. He started the final game of the 1999 season.[9] Detmer injured his right Achilles and was inactive the entire 2000 season.

Detroit Lions

Detmer spent three seasons (2001 to 2003) with the Detroit Lions where he started four games during the 2001 season. His first start was a disaster: he threw seven interceptions against the Browns, the second-highest single-game total in NFL history (tied with seven other players). He was eventually replaced as starter, but did start the final two games of the season. He set career highs for attempts (50) and completions (31) against the Chicago Bears, finishing with 303 passing yards. He closed out the season with 242 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Cowboys.

Atlanta Falcons

Detmer spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, but did not see any action as the third-string quarterback behind Michael Vick and Matt Schaub.

In 14 total seasons in the NFL, Detmer played in 54 games (with 25 starts), totaling 6,351 yards passing with 34 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Detmer did not officially retire from football at the time of his release from Atlanta, but he has not played since then.

Coaching career

In December 2009, he was appointed the new head football coach at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. In December 2015, Detmer became the offensive coordinator[1][2] and quarterbacks coach at BYU,[10] under new head coach Kalani Sitake. On November 27, 2017, Detmer was released from the coordinator position after just two seasons.[11] The dismissal came following BYU football's poor performance over the previous year.

Personal life

Detmer's brother Koy is a former NFL quarterback, and their father Sonny is a prominent San Antonio high school coach.[12] Detmer became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during his junior year at BYU. He lives in Gilbert, Arizona, with his wife Kim and their four daughters.[citation needed]

Detmer was a major investor in, and employed by, the Athlete Services Division at Triton Financial Corporation from 2007 to 2009.[13] After the firm collapsed, founder Kurt Barton was indicted for fraud. Detmer, who was not implicated in the scandal, claims to have lost more money than anyone else. Overly trusting of Barton, whom he met at church, Detmer became a victim of affinity fraud.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b Harmon, Dick (December 24, 2015). "BYU's Sitake announces Detmer and Tuiaki as coordinators". Deseret News. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Sitake announces hiring of coordinators Ty Detmer and Ilaisa Tuiaki". BYU Cougars. Brigham Young University. December 24, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  3. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Ty Detmer. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  4. ^, Players, Ty Detmer Archived June 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Harvey, Buck (March 8, 2011). "Detmer lives, fooled by a code". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  6. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1992 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  7. ^, Players, Ty Detmer. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Young, Steve (2016). QB: My Life Behind the Spiral. New York, New York: HMH. ISBN 9780544845763.
  9. ^ "Couch out". The Daily Gazette. Associated Press. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "Ty Detmer, Ilaisa Tuiaki join BYU coaching staff as coordinators -". Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Sean Walker Ty Detmer out as offensive coordinator, remains under contract at BYU,, accessed November 29, 2017
  12. ^ McDonald, Jeff (August 7, 2007). "Detmer brothers' success dates back to father's coaching". mySA sports. San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 11, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "State, federal regulators move on Austin investment firm". The Austin American Statesman. December 23, 2009. Archived from the original on December 26, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2009.

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