NFL Quarterback and BYU Graduate Jim McMahon Has #9 Jersey Retired by BYU

BYU graduate and NFL quarterback, Jim McMahon, became an official member of Brigham Young University’s Athletic Hall of Fame this week. McMahon’s jersey #9 was retired at the game on Oct. 3, 2014. McMahon is the sixth former BYU football player to have his number retired, following Eldon Fortie, Marion Probert, Steve Young, Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer.

Photo shows Jim McMahon speaking after BYU retired his #9 jersey at BYU game on Oct. 3, 2014.


McMahon, now 55, recently graduated from BYU, a requirement for the number retirement and hall of fame induction by completing four courses, which was not easy since he is dealing with early onset dementia following multiple concussions. Source: ESPN College Football.
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“I actually tried doing it two or three times over the last 30 years,” McMahon said. “I just couldn’t get myself to do the homework. And it gets worse at 55. I told them (Thursday) night, I’ve studied more the last eight months than the first five years I was here. But I got it done. I had some great teachers helping me out. I’m glad it’s over.”
McMahon is a former NFL quarterback. He played for the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American (1980 1981). He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
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