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PROVO – A former close member of BYU and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame died this week of natural causes at his California home.
Gordon Linn Hudson, 59, died peacefully on Monday, September 27 in San Jose, Calif., Where he lived, according to a Legacy obituary released Wednesday.
A two-time unanimous All-American in 1982 and 1983, Hudson holds the NCAA records for most tight end passes per game (5.4), most career yards per game per game. a tight end (75.3) and the most yards in a game. by a tight volley, when he had 259 against Utah.
“Gordon was a phenomenal player who opened the Cougar’s passing game in a way never seen before from his tight position,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “I will always remember our great College Football Hall of Fame teammate and what he did for BYU.”
As a senior, Hudson teamed up with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young to set a national record of 44 catches and six touchdowns before a season cut short by injury, according to his obituary.
He pursued a professional career with the LA Express of the USFL and a season with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.
Born June 22, 1962 in Everett, Washington, Hudson eventually enrolled in Brighton High School, where he wrote twice each in football, basketball and baseball.
The 6-foot-4, 231-pound tight end chose BYU over offers from Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Washington state, where he pursued a three-year career of 178 receptions for 2,484 yards and 22 touchdowns and two seasons in the All-Western Athletic Conference before leaving for the pro ranks.
Following his retirement, Hudson continued to coach in the Arena Football League for the San Jose Sabercats from 1995 to 1997, as well as head coach of the Utah Cats PIFL in 1998.
Hudson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009, becoming the first quarterback to represent BYU in the Hall of Fame which is also home to his legendary coach LaVell Edwards, Ty Detmer, Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson, Gifford Nielsen and Young. , among others.
Husband, father and active grandfather, Hudson was also passionate about serving as the head coach of his son’s Cottonwood Colts Little League football team at Holladay from 2002 to 2006, according to his obituary, including winning an American Championship. State in 2002. He also coached at Northridge High for three seasons from 2011 to 2013, according to his obituary.
Hudson married his wife, the former Mindy Carr, in 1982. He is survived by his children Ryan, Mackenzie, Kylie, Chandler and three grandchildren.
He is also survived by his parents, sisters Jana, Kay and Ariana, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held for the former BYU tight end in 2022. The family requests that donations to help the family make the final arrangements for their funeral be made through PayPal to the email address [email protected] .
Family, friends and fans are also encouraged to send their favorite Hudson souvenir to the same address.