Arkansans reflect on Frank Broyles' passing

Remembering the life of Frank Broyles

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Several Arkansas officials released statements on the passing of a sports legend, Frank Broyles.

The former University of Arkansas football coach and athletic director died at the age of 92 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

President Bill Clinton:

"I got to know Frank Broyles well in late 1977, his first year as athletic director for the University of Arkansas and my first year as attorney general, when I represented him and Coach Holtz in the well-known and controversial Orange Bowl case which culminated in one the greatest victories in Arkansas football history. I worked with him throughout my tenure as governor, and we kept in touch afterward.  He was a leader of character, intelligence, and determination, and on his watch Arkansas became a leader in many sports. A big part of his legacy came later in his efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's and his support for families struggling with it, including his work with the US Senate special committee on Alzheimer's which Hillary helped to form. I’ll always be grateful to have known him and called him my friend."

Jeff Long, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics for the University of Arkansas:

“The Razorback Family has lost its patriarch and Arkansas has lost one of its most beloved figures. Coach Frank Broyles was a legendary coach, athletics director, broadcaster and a tireless advocate for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. In his more than 50 years of service to the University of Arkansas and intercollegiate athletics, his vision and leadership allowed the Razorback program to flourish and in turn enrich the lives of thousands of young men. In the process, he brought unprecedented national attention to Arkansas. His passion for the Razorbacks was infectious, his spirit was indomitable and his vision helped transform a program, a university, and an entire state. His legacy in our state is unmatched. I will forever be grateful for the generosity, graciousness and unwavering support he extended to me when I came to the University of Arkansas. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Razorback nation are with his wife Gen, his children and the entire Broyles Family.”

Jerry Jones, Owner/President/General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys:

"Outside of my father, Frank Broyles was the most influential man in my life. My thoughts and sincere best wishes are with his family today, and our loss is shared by millions. Coach Broyles’ name, his legacy, and spirit will continue to guide and grow collegiate athletics in this country for as long as young men and women aspire to compete and prosper from all of the virtues and life lessons that athletic competition provides."

 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson:

“This is a day we knew would come, but it is still a great loss to learn of the passing of Coach Broyles. My first memory of Frank was cheering on the Hogs with my dad, but that was just part of his great legacy. He was an Arkansas treasure who devoted his life to others—from student-athletes to his support of Alzheimer’s research. He was an example for young people to follow, and that alone reflects a life well lived.”

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR):

“Today, college football lost one of the greats. Few people could match Frank Broyles’s dedication to the University of Arkansas: 57 years of devoted, distinguished service. In that time, he not only led teams to multiple Southwest Conference titles and a national championship; he also built an athletic department that was the envy of the South. Everyone involved in Arkansas athletics today owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I join Razorback fans in extending my deepest condolences to the Broyles family and the University of Arkansas.”

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR):

“Outside of family, the people who had the greatest influences on my life were my coaches and teachers. Perhaps none more so than Frank Broyles. Coach Broyles was larger than life, always doing what he thought was best for the University of Arkansas. As a coach and longtime athletic director for the university, his devotion to the school, and the young men and women who attended it, helped put young Arkansans on a path to success while turning the University of Arkansas into a sports powerhouse. In his later years, his passionate advocacy on behalf of those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease raised awareness for the devastating impact it has on those affected and their caregivers, as well as funding for research. I will be forever proud to be a Razorback and to have had the opportunity to be one under Coach Broyles. Coach Broyles was fond of saying there are two types of people in this world: givers and takers. Live your life as a giver, not a taker. We lost a giver today, but we are so much better for what he gave us.”

Lt. Governor Tim Griffin:

"Arkansas lost a legend today, and my thoughts and prayers are with the Broyles family during this difficult time. I first met Coach Broyles in 2005 when he was raising money for Alzheimer's research, and over the years I had the honor of spending some limited but meaningful time with him. He was the consummate gentleman and kind. Coach Broyles was a visionary, a leader, a champion, and a tireless fighter for Alzheimer's research. His imprint on Arkansas is deep, wide, and indelible."

Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General:

"As a University of Arkansas alumnus, I understand fully the tremendous impact Coach Frank Broyles had on Razorback athletics and our state. The legacy he leaves behind, his devotion to Razorback fans everywhere and the countless lives of young men and women he touched along the way are things that make us all proud. Heaven will have no louder cheerleader for the Razorbacks than Coach Broyles. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family and the University of Arkansas community. WPS!"

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