The truth is I'm not a big BYU fan... or a big U of U fan... or a fan of college football in general... or for that matter a fan of football in general... but, in my neighborhood is an assistant athletic trainer for football and baseball at BYU. From what I understand, this means he fixes you if you're an athelete in these sports at BYU.
A few years ago, I twisted up my ankle reeeaaallly bad and at a time I didn't have insurance. He sort of helped me out. Less long ago he came to me asking if I could do a characature of Robert Anae, the then Offensive Coordinator for BYU football, and they were going to put it on a t-shirt as a kind of prank or something (my memory is going already). I could not decline this, given the help he gave me... and in the end I got some pretty cool merchandise out of it. When I finished, I thought I'd put some color on it and put it up here when I get a chance.
Last week I heard of Anae resigning at BYU and thought, well now or never. I'm a week late but these things take time when you have to make money for a living. He'll be heading over to the AZ Wildcats where he'll be the co-offensive coordinator.
Philidelphia sports anchor, Vai Sikahema wrote this tribute to his friend Anae:
The Robert Anae you may not know
I usually have quite a lot of reference when I'm doing a caricature but for some reason the images are somewhat sparse for him. There are images online but they're action shots for the most part or portraits, neither of which give a good view of him three dementionally. There is one video I found which was extremely helpful but he looks a bit different than in the photos. This is a combination of the two looks. Having never seen him before, I hope this looks something like the guy. At very least, it's an excuse to get my blog going again in 2011!