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Just My Type
Dan Patrick
November 17, 2008
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November 17, 2008

Just My Type

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The Interview
Jim McMahon

The former Bears QB's father has started a campaign to get his 49-year-old son, who set 71 NCAA Division I records, into the BYU Hall of Fame.

Dan Patrick: Did you talk to Jim Sr. about the letter he sent The Salt Lake Tribune about you getting into the Hall?

Jim McMahon: I told him I don't really care, but it's been bugging him for a long time.

DP: What's BYU's reasoning?

JM: I'm not a graduate. That was one of the criteria, I guess.

DP: If you go back and graduate, do they then put you in?

JM: I've tried to do that home study, and I think I'm nine or 12 hours short. I've tried to do it twice. Actually I had my sister-in-law do all my work. All I had to do was take the test. I wouldn't have passed, so the hell with it. I was never a classroom kind of guy.

DP: Did they lie when they recruited you about what was expected of you?

JM: They said, If you don't want to be a part of the [Mormon] lifestyle, that's no problem. And that was a lie, because they'd bother you pretty much every day. My freshman year I lived in the dorms, and every night at 10 o'clock they'd bang on your door because you're supposed to go out and do a hall prayer. I never partook in any of those things. I was there on Saturday, played the game, and then I'd go up to Weber State and see my brother.

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