by Big Droo
I've always said I like Brady Hoke, from the moment Michigan hired the man. He had the bravado, the swagger, the potential for great quotes that you want from the head coach of the Wolverines. From day 1 on the job, Hoke has gotten it. That mystique and magic that just surrounds Michigan football has flowed through his veins, including the storied rivalry with Ohio State. Hoke has embraced it, made it an even bigger focus with the arrival of Urban Meyer. Brady Hoke gets it and that's why he invited a young man and his family to come into the Big House and root against Michigan.
Many of you may remember the story of young Grant Reed. Grant, a 12 year old Ohio State fan whose parents met in the OSU marching band, had a cancerous tumor removed in 2011. IN an effort to keep himself going, he nick named his cancer "Michigan" so that all he would want to do was beat it. Reed and his family became the subject of national attention after he did just that. Urban Meyer even visited Grant while he was recovering in the hospital! Brady Hoke told Sports Illustrated Kids that this was a rare time that he was "happy" someone beat Michigan.
Fast forward to today. The phone rings at the Reed household as Grant is getting ready to get back to being a normal 12 year old boy. On the other end of the line? Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, offering the family of 4 tickets to the Michigan/Ohio State game this season at The Big House. The Rotary Club of Jackson, MI even offered to pick up the cost of the Reed's hotel stay. Of course, Grant accepted on behalf of his family and his father told reporters that Hoke encouraged Grant to keep beating Michigan and that the two made a little small talk as well.
Brady Hoke is a guy who gets it. From day 1, he has gotten what it really means to be a "Michigan man". I've always liked Brady Hoke, and now? I like him just a little bit more.