Great story, and a perfect example that there's really no substitute for
hard work. Talent alone is never enough to lift and propel one to higher levels
of accomplishments. Only pure guts and fierce determination to succeed even in
the face of insurmountable odds will assure and guarantee success. It also
doesn't hurt to have a strong and supportive circle of friends, family and
loved ones behind you.After the 54-10 debacle last year against the
Utes where the team simply quit, I think this guy can be a great addition to the
Coug's coaching staff if they can squeeze him in somehow. I'm also
not overly optimistic about the team's chances for success this year,
especially after hearing about all the injuries to the starters and what not.
Still, I'm hoping things will improve and our new "national
exposure" experience with ESPN will one day reap positive results and not be
an embarrassment to BYU and the program.Go Cougs!
Chris is a terrific example of how every professional athlete should live his or
her life on and off the field. He is beloved and respected by his teammates,
his Church ward, and the city of Pittsburgh (aka Steeler Nation). I look
forward to seeing where his next stage in life takes him and his family.
What this article leaves out is that even as a backup, "Hokie" became
one of the most loved and respected players on the team by Steeler Nation.
Also, he served a faithful mission, something that some other recent aspiring
pros have decided to skip. It's not surprising at all to hear he's
booked a TV/Radio gig in the Burgh, and BYU would be crazy not to hire him to
work with their young men.
He sounds precisely like the type of guy Bronco would want on his staff.
A very distinguished career. Steeler Nation is proud of him and wishes him
Great article. Hoke found out the keys to success a long time ago. Hard, hard
work, constantly working to improve little by little and, more importantly,
being a good, kind and compassionate person off the field. This
formula works. If you don't believe me, look at Kyle Whittingham and the
Utes. They incorporate this formula into everything they do. That is just one
of the reasons the Utes have an attitude of excellence in everything they do.
It's also why they are now full fledged members of the elite BCS Conference
of Champions. Attitude determines altitude. It will be fun to
watch the Utes soar to a BCS, yet once again this season.
Otis,Hoke has been rumoured to be interested in a position on the
coaching staff at Utah. It's probably because Utah reflects his personal
attitude of success in life, and he is probably pretty good at judging a winner
when it comes to football.
A good article about an obviously great young man who is well grounded in the
things that matter.Good luck to you in your future, Chris!
Wouldn't it be amazing if Hoke's attitude and work ethic was typical
of professional athletes today? I spend a lot of time in Pittsbugh and
frequently hear of Hoke's positive contributions to the city. Nice to
hear of solid citizens in pro sports.
Mr. Humble Pie,As a fellow Ute fan, I would love to have Chris at the U,
but he is a Y guy 100%. I saw him last weekend and he did not make any mention
of Utah coaching rumors or coaching rumors of any kind. He seems pretty happy
in Pittsburgh. I think only a coaching job at BYU might bring him to the
Beehive state right now. That is my best guess. If he does decide to coach, I
think he'll be very successful at it. Even if it is at BYU.
Otis, you forgot humble. Definitely a hallmark of the coach, the team and
definitely the fans. At least the representative few that come visiting their
former rival down south. Frequently. Actually, kudos to everyone
else here. You are welcome anytime.
I agree with Otis, Whit has implemented the BYU attitude at Utah and it is the
foundation of what success they have had. Utah coaches have had a great
education at BYU.
Mr. Humble Pie, why is it necessary for Utah fans to try to turn everything
into something about Utah. This was a great story about a player that worked
hard to achieve success. Chris Hoke is a great Steeler and even more a great
Cougar. there are plenty of former Utah players that have worked just as hard
to achieve success. Steve Smith comes to mind and Eric Weddle is not far
behind.Chris Hoke will not coach anywhere at the collegiate level
except BYU. I can understand why you would want him at Utah since many of the
staff got their initial football training at BYU. LOL
"...implosion of the internet," say what?Dick, surely you
meant explosion, which is the opposite of what you wrote. I know this is just
sports schlock but, even so, it is worthy of some care. There may be a youngster
out there, a sports nut, who is modeling his usage of written language on his
favorite sports writer.
Hopefully, he gets his wish to be involved at BYU. Good alumnus, good school.
Great article I am a Ute fan but it doesn't really matter. Because this
article is for everyone from HS college or the pro athlete. Sounds like a great
man, husband and father. And i could care less if he served a mission or not.