A Baylor legend returned to Waco, Texas, as Bryce Petty spoke to the Bears following their spring football game Saturday.
Petty, a former Baylor quarterback now with the New York Jets, spoke to the Bears in the locker room after the game.
Two-time Big 12 Champion and current New York Jets QB @b_petty14 came home this weekend.
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“A resounding word that just keeps coming back is ‘family,'” Petty said. “You’ll never forget this group.
“The things that y’all had to go through last year, nobody is going to be able to sit there and look at each other in 20 years and have to go through the things y’all had to go through last year,” he said.
Baylor went a dismal 1-11 last season, but the Bears have plenty of potential moving forward. And if there’s anyone who knows about capitalizing on potential, it’s Petty, who won shares of two Big 12 championships with the Bears as a starter.
“From a Baylor Bear in the past, I just want to say thank you,” Petty said. “I am super, super proud of you guys. These coaches, these fans, everybody that looks at you guys, we’re proud of you. Because there’s just not many people that can go through what you guys have been through.”
Coach Matt Rhule is rebuilding a program in the wake of the Art Briles regime. Petty is one of the most beloved athletes in school history and a class act in every regard. The Bears would do well to heed his words, and should strive to achieve the same type of success Petty had in his collegiate career.