As Rudy was to Notre Dame, Andrew Rich is to BYU: representing the highest example of what the school, particularly a faith-based school, wants its student-athletes to represent. Says head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, “Andrew Rich is what we’re looking for in a BYU football player. Andrew is very smart, very tough, absolutely committed. He is a great student, a great person and a hard worker with enough ability to make a lot of football plays. But when you add the ability and all of the other characteristics, that makes him special.”
Andrew also exemplifies the four C’s of The Rudy Foundation:
Character: Andrew has never been involved in any disciplinary actions in his collegiate career, and regularly speaks to youth at firesides, which are meetings targeted towards youth to help them and encourage them.
Courage: Rich has battled numerous injuries on the field, including most of this season in what trainers described as a “full-body contusion.” A special shirt had to be made to even allow him to play.
Contribution: Andrew leads BYU in solo tackles, assisted tackles, interceptions, pass breakups, forced fumbles and fumbles recovered this season and is on his way to earning All-MWC honors.
Commitment: Andrew Rich has played in every game during his three year career at BYU. Additionally, he carries a 3.19 GPA in psychology. Lastly, Andrew is a member of the football team’s leadership council, and spends time with a less-fortunate child that is invited to the team’s practice each Thursday as part of the team’s Thursday’s Hero program.