BYU football: Cougars great Gordon Hudson dies aged 59

Former BYU All-America tight end Gordon Hudson has died of age-related causes, according to a Obituary submitted to Deseret News Wednesday.

Hudson was 59.

He “passed away peacefully from natural causes” on September 27 in San Jose, Calif., “Where he lived,” according to the obituary.

Memorial services are pending.

Hudson was named one of the top 10 players in BYU football history and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 after a distinguished career playing for the Cougars from 1980 to 1983.

He played in the National Soccer League and the United States Soccer League after his distinguished playing career at BYU.

At BYU, Hudson was a two-time unanimous All-American (1982 and 1983) and held NCAA records for most passes caught per game by a tight end (5.4), most Career yards per game by a tight end (75.3) and most receiving yards by a tight end (259 vs. Utah) when he left BYU.

As a senior, he teamed up with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young at BYU to catch an NCAA record 44 passes for six touchdowns before injury cut off his final season at Provo.

He was twice a member of the All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) first-team selection and is widely regarded as one of the greatest tight ends in school history at a school that has produced many greats in this post.

He played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and in the USFL for the LA Express

He became a coach after his playing career and worked as an offensive coordinator for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League (1995-97) and was head coach of the Utah Catzz in 1998.

According to the obituary, Hudson coached his son’s Ute Conference youth football team at Holladay from 2002-2006. He also helped coach at Northridge High in Layton for three seasons (2011-13).

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