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Over 9,000 Boise State Fans Supporting Kyle Brotzman in Facebook Group

My old colleague at Sporting News Radio, Tim Brando, used to say that the best thing about college football is the fans, and the worst thing about college football is also the fans. Never has there been a better example of that maxim than the treatment of Kyle Brotzman.

Brotzman is Boise State’s kicker who missed a short field goal at the end of regulation at Nevada and another field goal in overtime that helped result in Boise State’s only loss of the season. The missed field goals weren’t Boise State’s only mistakes in the game, but they were the most prominent and high profile, and they played a major role in the Broncos missing out on a chance to reach the National Championship Game. While I thought Brotzman would become the loneliest person in Idaho, the Broncos fans have shocked me with their outstanding display of community and support.

In a matter of a day, over 9,000 people joined “The Bronco Nation Loves Kyle Brotzman” Facebook Group. The page has been filled with positive comments from fans who all want Brotzman to feel their support. This is quite the divergence from the typical treatment of kickers who have cost their teams with missed kicks. Here’s what it says in the group’s description:

“Boise State’s Kyle Brotzman is the all-time leading scorer for Bronco Football. A walk-on in 2006 and a local Idaho boy from Meridian High School, Kyle has been a key part of the Broncos’ success during an incredible four-year run. In the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, Kyle was at the center of the most memorable play, “The Riddler,” in which he took a snap on a fake punt on 4th down and threw a pass to Kyle Efaw, setting up the touchdown that would win the game for the Broncos.

True Bronco fans love Kyle and appreciate all that he has brought to this incredible team and program. Thanks, Kyle. We can’t wait to cheer for you and your team in your final two games. GO BRONCOS !!!”

That is a model display of support and understanding that I really did not expect to see. Hopefully this will help Broztman get past the difficult time in his life where his self-esteem is undoubtedly low. And you know what, I now hold Boise State fans in the highest regard. I already knew they were fervent supporters of the team, but now I know they place compassion above winning in their value system. They have it right.

UPDATE: Over 20,000 people have joined the group as of 2:00pm PT 11/29/10



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  • MSgt. USAF Retired

    Talked to my Mom today, who lives in Caldwell, she said alot of people were calling Kyle’s family and leaving nasty messages. I’m glad some folks are doing and saying the right things. The attitude and crime is what made me leave that area. Wow. BSU is good, but not good enough, be proud of them. You stupid idiot losers.

  • Anonymous

    I made that Team Brotzman picture on my photoshop yesterday morning!! So glad so many people are using it around the internet!!! thank you so much!! :)

  • Anonymous

    I made that Team Brotzman picture on my photoshop yesterday morning!! So glad so many people are using it around the internet!!! thank you so much!! :)

  • Anonymous

    I made this picture yesterday morning on my photoshop! I just finished my last season as a cheerleader for the Broncos last year! I know Kyle and his girlfriend is one of my good friends! I’m so glad so many people are re-posting this pic!! thank you so much for the support!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/ddub117 David Warwick

    So 24 wins in a row isn’t good? Wow, even Alabama, who was thought to be the best team in the country pre-season, has lost 3 games! So what is Alabama not good either? BSU just got beat by the better team on the field that night. If that game was in Bronco Stadium, the outcome would have been different. But since it was in Reno, Nevada deserves your respect and everyone who would call themselves a football fan’s respect. Love BSU and will always support them! Go Broncos!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll admit I wanted Boise to Lose only because I’m from Hawaii and I wanted Hawaii to have atleast a share of the Wac Championship and well Boise beat us bad. But I do not believe that it is Kyle’s fault that Boise lost, yeah he did miss two kicks but Boise wasn’t playing their best football. The offense usually puts up alot of points and the defense usually don’t allow the other team to score. The look on Kyle’s face said it all, you can tell he was devastated. I felt bad for him and I hope his hometown treats him with respect because Boise is a good team and what I read that Kyle did alot for the team.

  • Anonymous

    There’s also another page I found for WAC fans in support of Brotzman. http://www.facebook.com/pages/College-Football-Fans-Support-Kyle-Brotzman/135953389792684?v=wall&filter=1

  • Anonymous

    I heard from close personal sources that Kyle and the family have received “threatening phone calls” from angry BSU fans. Get over it – move on – be better from it.

    Don’t be a fair weather fan – ask yourself -“Were they never to be beaten?” Focus on real things like the events in Haiti or North Korea. I’ve heard from students at BSU that the education they’re getting, in the setting at the college – is sub par. We’ve rode this high because of the money it’s made the school. That money hasn’t improved the education the students are getting. Back to the basics BSU.

  • Anonymous

    time for another update. Fans of this page are now 44,398!!!