FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Faith, family, and football are three things those who knew Frank Broyles describe him by.
From loved ones to people who only knew him from the stands, it’s evident that Coach Broyles leaves behind an impact that will last long after Saturday’s Celebration of Life ceremony.
“I’ve known about Frank Broyles since I was 11 years old and they played with Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech called the razzle dazzle offense. And Frank Broyles was very creative, very smart, very imaginative. I’ve always said Frank Broyles and I were first cousins in the football family,” Johnny Majors, who coached under Coach Broyles, said.
Numerous people gathered at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday for Coach Broyles’ Celebration of Life.
Family, friends, former coaches, and fans gathered from all across the nation to say their goodbyes.
Reporter: “What kind of impact has Coach Broyles had on Arkansas?”
“Oh my God, just look around the U of A. And then you start watching sports like I do and all the coaches that he’s had connections with Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson and everything’s he’s touched. What he’s done for the U of A and sports, in general, is just amazing and then you throw in the Alzheimer’s connection yeah, the man is amazing,” Steven Spitzer, one Coach Broyles fan, said.
Though the service started at 2 p.m., people gathered hours ahead of time to pay tribute to the late coach.
“I think he definitely had an excellent organizational mind and excellent football mindset and that was a good combination. He really rallied the people in the state I think more than anybody had ever been able to support the team.” James Moore, one Coach Broyles fan, said.
Friends and fans said Coach Broyles left a mark on Arkansas and football like no other.
“I’d pass him in the hall when we won those 21 straight games when I first came here and he’d say, Johnny, it’s great to be a Razorback isn’t it Johnny? I’d say coach you can’t beat it with anything I know about.” Majors said.