Dick Harmon: Ex-Cougar, Steeler Chris Hoke turned hard work into 11-year career

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  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 2, 2012 8:03 p.m.

    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.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    April 2, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    Hopefully, he gets his wish to be involved at BYU. Good alumnus, good school.

  • Ernesto de Bajo Albuquerque, NM
    April 2, 2012 12:12 a.m.

    "...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.

  • JMH Clifton, VA
    April 1, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    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

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 1, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    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.

  • CdA Ute Mason, OH
    April 1, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    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.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 1, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    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.

    April 1, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    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!

  • BYU, Now Serving Humble Pie Murray, UT
    April 1, 2012 10:59 a.m.


    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.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    April 1, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    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.

  • digger173 PRICE, UT
    April 1, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    A very distinguished career. Steeler Nation is proud of him and wishes him well!!!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 1, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    He sounds precisely like the type of guy Bronco would want on his staff.

  • Pitt Man New York City, NY
    April 1, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    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.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    April 1, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    awesome article!

  • CdA Ute Mason, OH
    April 1, 2012 6:56 a.m.

    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.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    April 1, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    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!