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Zach Wilson pens thank you letter to Kalani Sitake: ‘We’ve built a relationship that will last a lifetime’

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake and Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) celebrate the win over the UCF Knights with fans during the Boca Raton Bowl in Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. BYU won 49-23.
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake and Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) celebrate the win over the UCF Knights with fans during the Boca Raton Bowl in Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. BYU won 49-23.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Five days after he officially announced he was leaving BYU to enter the 2021 NFL draft, quarterback Zach Wilson on Wednesday posted a letter on Twitter he had written to Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake thanking him for the relationship they’ve developed over the years.

Recalling how the first time he met Sitake was as an 8-year-old at a University of Utah football camp (Sitake was on the Ute coaching staff at the time), Wilson wrote, “I don’t believe in coincidences. You came into my life for a reason. There have been so many coaches that didn’t believe in me, but you could see my potential from day one.

“Even when it got rough, you never gave up on me. You held my future in your hands and you helped me spread my wings.”

Wilson, who is widely expected to be selected early in the first round of the draft, observed that coaches play a big role in shaping character and teaching life lessons that go beyond the game.

“Some of the greatest lessons I learned from you were off the field,” Wilson wrote. “You taught me to be kind, generous and humble. You taught me that football doesn’t last forever, but the relationships we make along the way do. I hope BYU and our fans realize how fortunate they are to have you. They should hold onto you as long as possible.”

Wilson concluded the letter by writing, “I’m so sad our time at BYU together is coming to a close. But we’ve built a relationship that will last a lifetime. Love you Coach, — Zach.”