This week we have shown our thanks to the one and only, Bill Snyder. I know we all have our own thoughts about The Legend and my thoughts echo almost all of what has been said about the man. So detail oriented that he found a way to construct a state-of-the-art stadium out of a hole in the ground.

Anderson HallI think its important to look at his impact on Manhattan and the local economy. Sorry I don’t have time to go through all of the numbers and pull sales tax from specific home games, but there is no doubting what his economic impact has been.

One comparison that came to mind is the stadium and how its grown. It mirrors what the city of Manhattan has done over the past 25 years. Snyder shows up and the Vanier is built and that is just the beginning of the changes. In 1993 the Dev Nelson press box is finished and so is the fan base and the excitement around the city. Then in 1998 Kansas State adds an upper deck on the East side MHKCensusInforeplacing old grandstands with permanent seating upgrades and suites. The town is participating in “Paint it Purple” and everyone is wearing a Powercat all week long.

Fast forward to 2012, when the team is winning a Big 12 Championship at home against Texas in the shadows of cranes high above Dev Nelson. Big things were coming, a new West Stadium Center and the town’s people were excited. In fact, it excited everyone in the state that holds football as the number one sport in America.

Bill Snyder and Kansas State isn’t done yet, bigger things are coming to Manhattan. The NBAF facility is under construction now promising more jobs, more citizens and more fans. That means bigger things are on Kansas State’s Horizon.

To put this into perspective, if you told the 1988 Manhattanites that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) was moving from New York to little ‘ole Manhattan, Kansas in 25 years? what kind of response do you think that would create. Manhattan? Kansas State? How and why?

Now the answer is fairly clear, because of Bill Snyder. One highly detail oriented man took a few scraps and constructed a masterpiece for fans that wanted to be a real football program. Not unlike Snyder’s favorite Disney character, Gepetto and his handy work to turn Pinocchio into a real boy.

Couldn't be DoneYou see, we all believe that you truly can do amazing things that nobody else believes can be done because we have witnessed what most consider to be a miracle. One man took this area’s greatest asset, its people, and created an even bigger family than existed before. A family born into hard work and live by Bill “Moses” Snyder’s 16 commandments.

But it’s not a miracle. Anyone can accomplish what Snyder has done. He’s even giving away the blueprint for free. It’s not about just reading the 16 goals or even understanding their meanings, you have to live by them.

So as the Wildcats take the field in Lawrence, KS on Saturday, it is with great irony 25 short years ago to the day, Bill “Nostradamus” Snyder spoke these words.

“I do not predict victories, but my prediction is that it will happen” -Bill Snyder, November 30, 1988.

It wasn’t with the same ominous tone of James Earl Jones, but Bill Snyder has given us our own version of Field of Dreams.

Thanks, Coach!

About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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