Former BYU All-American TE Hudson dies at 59

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PROVO, Utah — Gordon Hudson, an All-American tight finish for BYU and a Faculty Soccer Corridor of Famer, died Sept. 27. He was 59.

He died in San Jose, California, the college stated.

Hudson suited up for the Cougars from 1980 to ’83, incomes All-America honors as a junior and senior. Enjoying for legendary coach LaVell Edwards and in a pass-happy offense, he amassed 2,484 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns over his embellished profession. He additionally helped BYU seize 4 Western Athletic Convention titles and earn 4 Vacation Bowl invites.

Hudson nonetheless holds the NCAA file for many yards gained in a sport by a good finish when he had 259 towards Utah on Nov. 21, 1981. His 5.4 profession catches per sport additionally stays a file amongst tight ends. Hudson hauled in passes from such notable BYU quarterbacks as Jim McMahon, Steve Younger and Robbie Bosco.

“Gordon Hudson utterly reinvented the tight finish place throughout his excellent profession at BYU,” Nationwide Soccer Basis chairman Archie Manning stated in a launch. “His exceptional catches and performances are legendary in Provo, and we ship our ideas and prayers to his household, mates and your complete BYU group.”

Hudson, a local of Everett, Washington, grew to become a first-round decide of Seattle within the 1984 NFL supplemental draft. He ended up taking part in two seasons with the Los Angeles Categorical in the USA Soccer League and one with the Seahawks. Hudson had 13 catches for 131 yards and one TD for Seattle in 1986.

He was inducted into the Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2009. Together with it got here the excellence of changing into the primary non-quarterback to signify BYU as a participant within the Corridor of Fame.

His obituary in the Deseret News said that, “whereas his soccer profession is excellent, anybody who talked to Gordon would know that he believed his best legacy to be his kids. His best reminiscences had been leaping and wrestling on the trampoline along with his youngsters, taking part in catch within the yard, and pulling out previous mattresses and blankets to the again porch to camp out below the celebs. He was a loving and playful father, all the time teaching his kids to enhance upon and benefit from the bodily points of life.”

Hudson additionally was concerned along with his son’s staff, teaching the Cottonwood Colts Little League soccer squad in Holladay, Utah, for 5 seasons (2002-06), in line with the Nationwide Soccer Basis. He helped the staff to a state championship for its age group in 2002. He additionally served as a coach for the Northridge Excessive Faculty soccer staff in Layton, Utah, for 3 seasons (2011-13), in line with his obituary.

A memorial service for Hudson is anticipated to held in 2022.