The sad news of the passing of legendary Paul James at 87-years-old, Yesterday.
James was the voice of the Cougars from 1965 to 2000. James called many of the memorable and legendary moments in BYU football and basketball, including memorable players.
Some of these notible players include: Gary Sheide, Tom Holmoe Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer,
With his passing he leaves behind a special moments and memories fans have had listening to him during the games. He was the reason some people even tuned into the game.
BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe tweeted out about James’ passing saying:
“For 35 years Paul James was the iconic ‘Voice of the Cougars.’ In those days, he was every bit a part of the BYU Football Family as the players and coaches. Personally, he was my friend; much more than a broadcaster.
At his passing, I’m so grateful for all he did to help build the BYU Football brand. So many of Cougar Nation were glued to their radios and you became part of the family too. Peace be with Paul’s dear family.”
The new Voice of the Cougars, Greg Wrubell working closely with James. James even taught him the tricks of the trade, here is what Wrubell Tweeted out:
“I am heartbroken to hear that Paul James has passed away. This was the last time I was with “PJ,” and it was two years ago–too long ago. He meant a great deal to me, and I would not have the career I do now were it not for him. He was a magnificent mentor, and a wonderful man.
To say Paul James taught me everything I know is true; I learned how to prepare for a broadcast by watching him prepare. Literally every facet of my routine goes back to PJ’s practices. Observation allowed me to mirror Paul’s habits, but one could never duplicate his delivery.
For generations of BYU supporters, “Voice of the Cougars” is a title that could really only belong to one person, and it was Paul James. May his countless fans and his dear family members be comforted by their memories of “PJ” and the many ways in which he enriched their lives.
A series of tweets may seem an inadequate expression of gratitude for and tribute to Paul James, but I trust that Cougar Nation will accept my recollections and sentiments as sufficient for the moment. We’ll miss PJ–each of us in our own way, but all of us with great affection.”
He was there from LaVell Edwards start to finish He was well known by the world, but especially with the cougars fans, He will be missed.