Bishop Reminisces K-State Days

They needed no reminder of the heights the former Wildcat quarterback took the K-State football program to during his two years in the Little Apple. To an estimated 10,000 fans packed into Freeman Coliseum, it felt like it was only yesterday the former Heisman Trophy finalist was dressed in purple competing in then-KSU Stadium.
But that was 16 years ago. Time flies, doesn't it?
While numerous things have changed in the decade and a half since Bishop's time at Kansas State, there's one thing that has remained the same. 
"Having K-State here, it has been a good feeling," said Bishop after the pep rally. "From 1998 'til now, a whole lot has changed, but these fans have stayed the same. You've got to be grateful for that. No matter where we go and where we play, these fans show up, and I know as a player you really appreciate that. It's a big deal."
During his two seasons at K-State (1997-98), the Wildcats went 22-3. In his first season, he led the Wildcats to an 11-1 record and a 1997 Fiesta Bowl win en route to being named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. 
The following season he only continued to shine. Bishop helped K-State snap a 38-year losing streak to Nebraska in 1998 as he threw for 306 yards in the Wildcats' 27-18 win over the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers. 
He concluded his senior campaign with 2,844 passing yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 748 yards and 14 scores - the greatest season by a K-State quarterback at the time. For his performance on the field, he was named a First Team All-American, awarded the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's most outstanding quarterback, finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy and was a finalist for both the Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Awards. 
While Bishop played a key role of putting Wildcat football on the map, he said he couldn't have done it without the support of head coach Bill Snyder.  
"He's legendary," Bishop said as his eyes lit up while speaking of his old coach. "Everybody in the world of college football knows about Coach Snyder and the things that he does. He's a tremendous guy. Everybody loves him - former players, current players - it's a great deal. Every time I see him, he gives me that smile. Those are things that you've just got to be thankful for because not every program is like this. K-State, the things they do, it says a lot for this program."
Currently living just outside of Houston, Bishop was glad to have K-State in a bowl game close to home this year.
"I'd say 90 percent of the time the team is in Texas, I'll be at their games," he explained. "So I'm still around and still enjoying it. The Alamo Bowl, it's only a two-hour trip for me, so I was thankful for that, but it didn't matter where the bowl was going to be - Arizona, California, wherever - I was still going to try and make it."
Making the most of his trip, Bishop said after the pep rally he was going out with former teammates Jeff Kelly and Aaron Lockett, and he just couldn't wait to get together with them and reminisce back to their days on the gridiron.
The Valero Alamo Bowl gave Bishop the opportunity to come together with his old Wildcat teammates and friends, like one big family reunion.
"You always have good memories. Whether you win or lose, there's always good memories that come from bowl games," explained Bishop. "So, being back here, it's definitely a good deal. I'm having fun; I'm enjoying it."
 

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