BYU Football Legend Eldon Fortie Passes Away At Age 79
PROVO, Utah – BYU Athletics announced that legendary Cougar tailback Eldon “The Phantom” Fortie passed away at the age of 79.
Fortie passed away in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday, January 6.
The former college football star was a native of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He starred at tailback for BYU from 1960-62 and was the program’s first All-America player.
Legendary BYU football All-American Eldon “The Phantom” Fortie passed away Wednesday in Mesa, Arizona. Born May 21, 1941, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Fortie was 79 years old.
Rest in Peace Eldon 💙 pic.twitter.com/5iG6NXyUOK
— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) January 7, 2021
During his senior season, Fortie led the Western Athletic Conference in rushing, total offense, and scoring. F
He was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year and became the first BYU player to be named first-team All-America.
In his three year career in Provo, Fortie ran for 1,532 yards and 17 touchdowns.
As a signal-caller, he also threw for 1,367 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions.
A #BYUFootball legend.
RIP Eldon Fortie https://t.co/5wv7wvnEzm
— Sam Farnsworth (@Samsworth_KSL) January 7, 2021
He held BYU’s single-game rushing record until Jamaal Williams’ performance against Toledo in 2016.
Fortie was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
His No. 40 jersey was the first jersey ever retired at BYU.
Fortie and his wife Janice were married for 59 years. The two were the parents of five children.
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