Kyle Van Noy writes open letter to BYU fans

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BYU senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy leaps for the ball in a game this season. Van Noy wrote a letter to his fans thanking them for their support throughout his years playing for BYU. (Photo by BYU Photo)

BYU senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy leaps for the ball in a game this season. Van Noy wrote a letter to his fans thanking them for their support throughout his years playing for BYU. (Photo by BYU Photo)

BYU football fans will long remember Kyle Van Noy, the two-time All-American who ended his BYU career last week in the Fight Hunger Bowl game in San Francisco.

The outstanding linebacker passed up the opportunity to possibly be a high NFL draft pick after his junior season to return to play for the Cougars in 2013. He was a fan favorite.

On Friday, Van Noy wrote an open letter to BYU fans. Here is that letter:

“When I first stepped onto BYU’s campus as a student in 2010, I never could have imagined how quickly my four years in Provo would fly by. I waited a long time to be a Cougar, and not a day passes by without my thinking how fortunate I am for my decision to attend BYU.

I have grown a great deal in the past four years. I have matured as a person. I have become a college graduate. I have developed as a football player. This growth is directly attributed to my time at, and the positive influence of, BYU.

As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the National Football League, I wanted to send out a few special thank yous:

—   To my family, friends and fiancee, Marissa: Thank you for your love and support. I never would have made it this far without all of you.

—   To my teammates and coaches: Thank you for making me a better football player. I took great pride in representing the “Y” with all of you.

—   To the football training staff: Thank you for working to keep my healthy and on the football field. I appreciate all your dedication, time and energy.

—   To the BYU athletic and sports information departments: Thank you for making me look good in the public eye! In all seriousness, I was honored to represent the university and I look forward to continue in this role as an alumnus.

—   To the BYU fans across the state, country and world: Thank you for your support, passion and loyalty. There are a lot of terrific things happening within the BYU football program and I am excited to cheer on our future success with all of you.

It has been a remarkable four years as a BYU Cougar. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for your love and support. Thank you for helping me mature into the man I am today.

Go Cougars. Too blessed to be stressed.

Kyle Van Noy #3″

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Ron Bennett is a recently retired university journalism professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught journalistic writing, editing and mass media classes. He received the Distinguished Faculty award at BYU-I in 2012, and he was honored by the College Media Advisers Association in 2002 with the Distinguished Newspaper Adviser's Award. Prior to entering education, he was a professional journalist at several newspapers, including the Gazette-Journal in Reno, Nevada.

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