Brady Hoke: Good Human

By Ramzy Nasrallah on July 22, 2013 at 7:53p

Brady Hoke was recently told about 12-year old Grant Reed, who named his brain tumor "Michigan" because he wanted to beat it so badly. And like all beings capable of feeling emotion, he was moved. And he acted:

Monday, Hoke called Grant and his family at their Bellville, OH home with words of encouragement… and an offer.

Hoke offered the family four tickets to this year's Ohio State-Michigan game.

Grant's father, Troy, said his son did not hesitate to answer the coach. "He gave a very clear yes—he's very excited."


Troy says Hoke told Grant that he needs to keep on working hard to beat Michigan and that the two made some small talk on the phone.

"It's getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they've been so classy and unbelievable to us."

This came on the heels of the University of Michigan's official Twitter account cheering Grant on as well:

So Grant - who will be a special guest at the first Skull Session of the season prior to the Buffalo home opener - will be making the trip to Ann Arbor this November as a guest of the Wolverines. The Rotary Club of Jackson, MI even offered to pick up the hotel bill for his family.

But this time it will be different: He won't have to beat Michigan. He'll just be rooting for the Buckeyes to do it.


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Miami of Brohio's picture

Well I guess I'll spit on one less Michigan fan this week to return the favor.

Tim's picture

That's awesome, kudos to Hoke and Michigan on this one.

Dr. House's picture

i completely agree with you.
damnit brady im supposed to not like you. why do you have to be a respectable human being. act more like saban damnit

JoeinCbus's picture

I've talked to five people who've had personal interaction with Hoke - two of them had working relationships with him that spanned a few years - and every single one of them said what a good man he was.  I thought Hoke would send the kid a photo with the team holding a banner for him, or spelling out his name, etc. - but this is terrific.
We're privileged to have an opponent like that.  Not surprising that he did it, though.

The People's Buckeye's picture

Son of a... I have to respect him now?!

Class of 2012 - Rose Bowl 2010 Veteran - Sugar Bowl 2011 Veteran - Gator Bowl 2012 Veteran - Gator Bowl TaxSlayer Player

buckeyedude's picture

Well, well, well. Let's just say that Brady is no Bert Beliema.
update: someone needs to cue that GIF of Robert Redford nodding his approval(since I don't GIF).



meddler's picture

It's going to be a great next ten years, fellas.

Location: Ann Arbor

Jason Priestas's picture


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Judging by the pic, he brought backup. I'll take the one on the right.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

AndyVance's picture

I'm glad to see a measure of class return to the greatest rivalry in sports. Well done, Coach Hoke. Like Bo and Carr before you, I'm glad to see you "get it" when it comes to the appropriate relationship of the two most important programs in the Big Ten college football.

JoeinCbus's picture

Boy, you're not kidding.  Short supply.

jaggs's picture

Muahahhaha. Keep your friends close....

LouGroza's picture

For as good as that might make you feel, head over to Mgo for a minute or two. It will put a damper on how you feel about the rest of them. Too bad the minions cup with the last ounce of class spilled.
And as for Grant, never give up and keep fightin' those bastards! We're with you!

Hovenaut's picture

Some things are just bigger than a football rivalry.

Well done, Coach Hoke.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Hokes heart is bigger than his belly? Well, maybe it is. For the next 60 seconds Missagain will suck slightly less. It's great for Grant, his family, and all involved. I'm trying really hard to type something nice about Hoke, but the hostility won't allow it.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Hovenaut's picture

I dispatched my ghost writer...

Urbanmania's picture

His heart is bigger than his belly, it's called congestive heart failure.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Ahh, right in the feels

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

almurray10's picture

Nice to hear something touching like this in light of all of the negativity going on today.
Kudos to Hoke.

LadyBuck's picture

This is a great piece of news on such a bleak day. What a great move by Hoke, and, hopefully, Grant will have a lot of fun watching his beloved Buckeyes beating the living daylights out of scUM come November.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Classy move.
Credit where credit is due...

d1145fresh's picture

This is why this is the best rivalry in sports. Respectful enemies. 

BierStube's picture

I see what you did there coach Hoke.  I will personally refrain from any jokes at your expense until Thanksgiving ... Then all bets are off, feel free to reciprocate!  Until then coach you have my utter respect.

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Refrain until thanksgiving??? That's a little much! How about we just refrain from the Hoke jokes on this one thread...

BierStube's picture

I think what Coach Hoke did was pretty cool (as well as the Rotary for picking up the hotel tab).  So I will hold out on Hoke jokes (not saying there won't be a few TSUN jokes in the mix) from now until then.  But please don't hold back on my account!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

unholy bucknut's picture

Wow that was some serious class. Nice to see it still exists in tsun. It's like when the grinches heart grew three sizes that day. Bravo none the less for Hoke.

Tanner's picture

Fat people have big hearts, ya know

RedStorm45's picture

This could turn into one of the best sports stories of the year.  Really hard to hate Hoke, he's seemingly "got it" since he started.

hodge's picture

Fantastic to see from Coach Hoke, but not entirely unexpected considering his initial reply to Grant's situation, "I hope he never has to face TTUN again."
Like our coach, this guy gets the rivalry; and like our coach, he understands sports' place in the grand scheme of life. 

J.Mo's picture

Hoke seems like a good guy - never doubted that.

Baroclinicity's picture

Well done, Coach Hoke.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

For the first time ever, I kinda like Brady Hoke.
Don't worry fellas, it won't last.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Classy move. Must be his Ohio roots ;)

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

OurHonorDefend09's picture

This kid keeps getting cooler and cooler. Awesome move by Hoke.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Very classy move by Brady Hoke and TSUN.  I still hate them, but they make it tough sometimes.

Class of 2010.

Hockey Buck's picture

cancer is the one team that can never win. Way to go all.

raki's picture

Thank  you Mr.Hoke for doing this for the kid.
Go kid beat "Michigan" . I hope you never have to beat them again. The buckeyes would take care of it in Nov.

2002osubuck's picture

Well Hoke may be a good man, which i have to admit, but doesn't mean he's a good coach. Go bucks!

salberico's picture

Classy move. Michigan still sucks though.

twalsh's picture

Bo Schembechler and of course so would Woody, they would be proud of this kind gesture on both sides. My hat is off to you Mr Brady Hoke!
Go Bucks!!

Citrus's picture

Hoke is a great recruiter maybe because he is just a good dude. I would like to buy the guy a beer and talk football. I bet it would be fun.

I HATE TTUN but I respect them. We are two sides of the same coin. Opposites but the same (except we are far better).

captain obvious's picture

Hoke gets the rest of the week off from fat jokes
That is All

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

hail2victors9's picture

I wouldn't expect anything less from the Hokester.
Now all of you telling the white lies, know you won't be able to make it through the weekend of the Big House BBQ abstaining from fat jokes.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Mi.Buckeye's picture

Urban should invite that kid down on the sideline and let him help coach so he can beat TTUN twice in one year.

FitzBuck's picture

Hoke is still fat.....but now I see him more like Santa instead of Jaba the Hut.

Really I'm sure he's a great person and I'm very happy this kid gets to attend the game.


Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

CowCat's picture

It's things like this that make this the greatest rivalry in all of sports -- fierce competition, but true respect for your opponent.  If you don't have respect you will get your butt whipped, even if the other team is 1-10 before THE GAME.
Cheers to Brady Hoke for "getting it" -- It reminds me of how Ohio Stadium gave a standing ovation in 2006 when Bo passed.
You go to Ohio State to play TTUN.  You go to TTUN to play Ohio State.  The schools will always be tied together.
OK, enough of the love fest.   HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE!   BEAT TTUN!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Haybucks's picture

Great for Grant Reed!  He deserves to be celebrated!  Being with the team and TBDBITL will be a special treat.

Grant will also be a special guest of the Ohio State Marching Band as he'll join the band on the floor at St. John Arena for Skull Session August 31 against Buffalo.

TSUN administration and their fans have been as awesome as I would hope our fans would be.
I respect what Hoke is doing, but it's a win-win for him.  TSUN already congratulated Grant for beating Michigan, so it's officially OK to do so. Hoke is getting national press (at least Sports Illustrated), which will tend to humanize him to future recruits and their families.
I'm more impressed with our coach making personal appearances to the cancer patients.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


HighBallAce's picture

I love to hear stories of kids beating this awful disease. It has touched so closely to my heart that I always find it endearing when someone defeats cancer! Congratulations young man and thank you Coach Hoke! I guess your not so bad after all!

BuckeyeChief's picture

He is a Michigan Man and all, but this was very classy, and I have to admit that this and a few others things he has done (and refused to pile on about) have made me respect. Damn you Brady Hoke!

"2014 National with it!!!"

Jonnferrell's picture

This whole story makes me tear up.  It starts with a brave 12 year old kid that fights to win!  Every one is on his team to help him be victorious.  Down goes cancer!  This makes the game much bigger than a game, and sports bigger than sports.  Thanks to Coach Hoke for being a part of Grant's team.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

TheShookster's picture

This is why the OSU Michigan rivalry is so much better than Bama Auburn...

He ain't even stretch doe!!

Frankly Scarlet's picture

This just goes to show that we sometimes wrongly lump the coach/players/program/institution in with the a-hole fans who cheer for them (we have our share, too).
While he is the arch-rival, Brady appears on all fronts to be a good man with born-and-bred Midwestern Values. I, for one, applaud him on this.  

"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes  

droessl's picture

Classy move by TTUN and Hoke.  This scene came to mind:

toad1204's picture

So what you're saying is, contrary to popular beliefs, M*ch*gan people do have hearts?

In all seriousness, well done Hokester.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

This story oozes it. 
Yes, it is a Huge game and usually has a myriad of story lines: Big Ten Championship, bragging rights, pay-back, win one for the Gipper/Bo/Woody, Heisman hopes, NC chances, but it's hardly life or death.  It's a game, it might be The Game but win or lose there will always be next year.  This little guy wasn't guaranteed that.  So to see Hoke go out of his way to make this upcoming version of The Game a special one for Grant after he fought his own battle it makes me very proud of the tradition both schools share together that allowed this wonderful story to happen. 
So for the first, last, and only time in my life: 
Hail Hail to Michigan.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Firmthyfriendship's picture

Brady the! Classy, man. Well done.

steensn's picture

Agreed, you can take the man out of Ohio, but you can't take the Ohio out of the man.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Agreed with STEENSN.  This makes me feel a lot better about Hoke.  It's going to make it harder to hate him during that week in late November;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

dzig's picture

IT BURNS!! Class act coach Hoke!!! OMG THAT HURT TO TYPE. IT BURNS!! 

"all men are created equal, it's just that some are MORE equal than others"

Alpo's picture

100% class act move right there. Not that I ever thought Brady was a bad person, but my respect for him just increased tenfold. Well done coach

Savage45's picture

Don't forget he'll get some free doughnuts too!

XUbuckeye's picture

Saw this story the other day, very classy move by Hoke. This helps show why this is the greatest rivalry in all of sports, even with all the animosity, both sides maintain a level of respect to each other. Someone noted it earlier, but Bo receiving a standing ovation after his passing at the Shoe further drives the point home. Somewhere Woody and Bo are smiling right now, until that November Saturday anyway!

"So when you get knocked on your butt, get up, get over it, and then next time, kick their ass." - Woody Hayes 

TraptnMI's picture

Got a feeling the kid didn't name the tumor himself. I find the original story disturbing. Nice twist on the P.R. work for Hoke. I hope the fans aren't too hard on the kid, but they will be. Bad karma. Sweet N Sour!

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

jthiel09's picture

Say what you want about him when it comes to football and the rivalry, but as a man that was one helluva move on his part.
Now excuse me, typing that out took a lot out of me and I need a nap to recover.