They've Been Through it All

In this edition of the "Where Are They Now?" series, we catch up with six key Broncos from the mid-90's. They have experienced the highs, the lows and now, once again, the highs of Boise State football.

Contrary to popular belief, Boise state football existed before January 1, 2007 . It has long been thought of that Boise State has made their name by recruiting guys who the "Big Boys" had passed up because they were an inch too short; a little too slow or simply weren't wanted. What that left was a work ethic like none other.

Over the years, Boise State fans have seen the program improve brick by brick. Before there was Ryan Clady, Titus Young or Kyle Wilson, there was a K.C. Adams, a Jermaine Belin, a Jarrett Hauske, a Ryan Ikebe, a Kerry Lawyer and a Rashid Gayle. These were some of the players who laid the foundation for Boise State football. They were part of the extreme high, a 1994 National Championship game, and part of an extreme low, losing head coach Pokey Allen to cancer. One thing that all these players share until this very day is the love for Bronco football. Let's pay the tribute due to these former Broncos and answer the age-old question, "Where Are They Now?"

Jermaine Belin was an offensive tackle who now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia and runs the Tidewater area of Avis/Budget rent-a-car. He's still an avid Boise State fan, and can't wait for the Virginia Tech game. Jermaine was one of the first NFL-size offensive linemen that the Broncos have had. He came in at 6'4" and weighed 320 pounds, with the feet of a defensive back.

Kerry Lawyer was perhaps the fastest Bronco to ever put on a Bronco uniform.  He was clocked at 10.2 seconds in the 100 meters and was a deadly return specialist and wide receive.r  Kerry lives in Boise and works as a medical sales representative (Wright Medical).  He still keeps up on everything Boise State, especially football.  Kerry said that one of hos fondest memories as a Bronco "Was his teammates" and loves the success of the program.

Jarrett Hausske was the Co-Captain and rock of the 1994 Championship team. Jarrett currently lives in Marin, California with his wife and two boys, Mateo & Nicolas. He works in San Francisco as the director of strategy for a very cool advertising, design, and creative consultancy called "Eleven". He says, "I definitely still watch every televised Boise State game and stay in touch with some of the boys." He says his best Bronco memory was something you should remember well: "The entire group that was returning for the upcoming season was sitting in a room underneath the stadium mid-December in 1993.  After a dismal three-win season and the worst defeat to Idaho in history, we collectively decided then and there that we were coming back to win the Big Sky & national championship and that anyone who wasn't on board to put in the work and dedication, which we would hold each other accountable for, should show themselves the door."  Exactly one year later (as you know) we played in the national championship game after ending Idaho's 13-year winning streak. This event taught me a lot about leadership and the powerful things that can happen when a group of people get together around a common cause. And it shows the way Jarrett approaches work and life to this day.  

Ryan Ikebe was a wide receiver who had it all. Good size, excellent speed and hands of glue. Ryan is currently living in Meridian, Idaho with his wife and five year-old son. He has been working in sales and marketing of medical equipment for the last year and a half.  He still watches every game and still cannot believe how much things have changed since our days. "We couldn't even get a T shirt from Dale (the equipment manager) and now they are sold everywhere," he says. His best memory has to be beating Idaho in 1994. "The rivalry, fans rushing the field, Coach Borges on the goal post, all contribute to one of the best games I have ever been a part of."

Rashid Gayle a cornerback extraordinaire lives in Woodstock, Georgia and owns a sports performance business called The Blitz (www.time2blitz.com). He uses the sum of his best training and competitive techniques to help kids become faster, stronger and more successful on and off the field. Rashid is entering his fifth season coaching high school football (defensive backs of course). He is happily married going into his sixth year of joy together in that time in which he had four beautiful children.

Of course, he still watches Boise State football! Rashid says that he's a "Bronco For Life...You know"! His best memories as a Bronco come from the ‘94 season... Picking off Nevada-Reno twice, beating them down at our place after they spoke so poorly about us the previous year..saying stuff like ‘maybe we should discontinue the series... and they just don't make the big-time plays and they don't have the big-time players they used to...'  ‘We broke their back! Loved it... one pick went back for 87 yards... but it was great for our team, our season, and our city to be 4-0 and stuffing them in front of a sold out crowd.. The first big win of many in that 13-2 year!"  

And finally, who can forget, KC Adams. Even though KC had a short stint at BSU he has some of the most mesmerizing runs. There are still guys walking around with sore ankles from being shaken out of their pants.

Koresh "KC" Adams lives in the Bay Area, and has a beautiful family with two sons and a daughter. He works for Alameda County Probation in Juvenile Hall, where KC says "I see some of the greatest athletes ever!" He's also currently the running backs coach at Laney Junior College, after being the RB coach and offensive coordinator at Skyline High School for the past 12 years. KC watches Boise State football all the time and says "My players (and former players) text and call me every time they are on TV to see if I am watching. They are quick to give me play-by-play descriptions of what happened when BSU plays!"

KC says his best memory as a Bronco has to be the Marshall game of 1994. "We were playing without starting quarterback Tony Hilde and our #2 Mark Paljetak stepped in and never missed a beat, throwing a touchdown right before half that sparked a huge comeback for us. Our defense took over then and it was over."  

When speaking with my former teammates, there was one constant theme. They are still rabid Bronco fans and are proud to be part of today's success. Our past Broncos are spread out from New York to San Diego and are proud to be part of Bronco Nation.


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