It isn’t always about winning

This post was written by Deseret News Cougar Blog guest blogger Ken Driggs.

BYU's Ezekiel Ansah attends the 2013 Pro Day at BYU in Provo.

BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah attends the 2013 Pro Day at BYU in Provo.

I just watched the ESPN feature on Ziggy Ansah. It was so well done, and I was enthralled by the details of the story of his conversion and the odyssey that brought him to BYU and to football fame. I know that the Cougars had some crushing defeats in 2012, and certainly the dramatic loss at Utah has caused many a “blue tinted” fan to anguish over that game — and that season, and “what could have been.” However, there is another story to that game and that season.

As the Ziggy story unfolded on ESPN, with his conversion, the picture of Ziggy and the missionary who baptized him and a couple of his buddies attending a BYU football game, the Bronco decision to let him walk on as a team member, the ESPN analysts credit Rod Gilmore, who called an early season BYU game for alerting them to a potentially great defensive player. When they saw the video of the, you guessed it, Utah game, it became apparent that there was something special happening in Cougarland. It wan’t long before Ziggy had captured a football nation’s interest and heart.

Like the heroes who shone recently in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Boston Bruins fans who belted out the National Anthem with great fervor Tuesday night, there are stories of facing and overcoming adversity that inspire us and lift us. I would like to think that the Ziggy story has the capacity to have us look at “winning in life” as an overwhelming factor as we watch life and our sports ardor bring us highs and lows. I, for one, am on a high as I reflect on what he has meant and will mean to BYU and sports fans everywhere.

Ken Driggs of Mesa, AZ is a BYU graduate and served as Cosmo in the ’60’s. Contact at


One comment

  1. Ole Dunn

    If we really, really search we will find inspiring stories all around us and this is but one sterling example of them. It uplifts us to think of one outstanding man’s to the top of the mountain. If we look closely at it we will discover more than simply freakish athleticism. He failed to accomplish his stated goal of playing soccer, basketball and running track many times before his indomnitable desire to excel and hard work took him to the top. Well done Ziggy, well done. You have made lifelong fans out of many of us.

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