Thursday, December 25, 2008

Class Act

It is no secret that my granddad loved the University of Utah. In fact, he played there many years ago and was known as "Speedy Joe Wirthlin."

During his funeral, President Monson mentioned that my granddad had become the self-appointed chaplain to the Utes football team, which caused quite a chuckle, because we all knew it was true. In honor of him, the Utes had decided to wear the initals "JBW" on their helmets during their upcoming bowl game. The team invited the Wirthlin family to come to their practice last week so we could meet the team and see their helmets. The players and coaches were gracious and kind. Coach Whittingham told us what an honor it was for them to wear the initials "JBW" and several of the players and coaches posed for pictures.

Coleman and Liv in their new red duds (perfect for Christmas, no?).

Paul Kruger (#11) was especially available for pictures and let us hang on to his helmet to take more photos. He was so good with our little ones.

Coleman, Olivia, and me with Paul's helmet.

Ryan took this great photo of one of the helmets.

My mom with Coach Whittingham--he was so personable.

This team has shown great skill and athletic ability on the football field, particularly in the last few years. It was so neat to see that they truly are a class act off of the field too. Best of luck to them at the Sugar Bowl (January 2nd) and in all they do! Go Utes!


Linn said...

That is the sweetest thing ever! I love it. And that picture of you and the kids with the helmet could well be the cutest picture I have ever seen!

Andy said...

I had Andy glued to the computer looking at this post and then the rest of the blog! We are huge Utah fans, and we are also hug JBW fans, too. We always loved his talks and the occasional football memories he would include in his stories. You are lucky to have such a neat granddad.

Kristi said...

How awesome!! I am sure this is an experience your family will never forget. I have no doubt your family here (and in heaven) will be cheering for the Utes in their upcoming game. Cute photos, as always! Hope you guys had a great Christmas!!

RyanH said...

This was a very neat opportunity, and a great photo op!

Amanda D said...

Very cool. What a special day for you and your family!

Julie Pia said...

What a fun day for you guys. I know a lot of people that would be soooooo jealous. I love the picture of you with your kids. It's so darn cute. Glad you had a great day. Are you going to the bowl game???