Floyd Johnson was a legend behind the scenes of the BYU athletic department for over 4 decades. He shaped the lives of many athletes from 1957-2002 as a humble equipment manager. My wife was a varsity basketball player, and I graduated from the sports medicine program. We both came to know and love the man, known by the athletes as, Brother J. I will never forget hearing the stories of my sports heros, learning life lessons, and gaining spiritual growth from this Hall of Famer.
He was influential to such athletes as Kresimir Cosic, Scott Collie, Marc Lyons, Tom Holmoe, Kevin Nixon, Robbie Bosco, and numerous others in their decision to join the church. Vai Sikahema has written at length in his Blog (Missions and Football) about his decision to serve a mission, and Floyds involvement. http://www.deseretnews.com/blog/76/10010241/Vais-View-Missions-and-football.html Arguably his influence shaped the Athletic Department more than any other man in history.
He was a Bishop of both student and family wards and an MTC branch president. As High Council Member and frequently requested speaker his voice was heard by thousands of people.
"When you think of Floyd Johnson it is not in terms of the great equipment man, but in terms of great teacher and example of how you do things in and out of The Church" -Coach LaVell Edwards
"I was a terrific missionary, Floyd was a Saint's Saint" -Ed Pinegar
"He gave me opportunities and confidence to do things I never would've wanted or imagined. What a wonderful man" -Lee Johnson
To honor the man I am gathering stories, pictures, and any other information about him. His family supports this project, and it will be compiled into book format available to the public.
Please help with this endeavor by sharing personal stories or memories. Pass the word along to teammates, ward members, or others who would be interested in contributing.