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Brady Hoke offers tickets to The Game to young OSU fan/cancer survivor

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When it comes to rivalries in sports in general and college football specifically, you can probably count on one hand and still have a finger or two left over those that are more heated than the iconic and annual Ohio State-Michigan grudge match.

One of the lesser known qualities of the two-sided interstate despising?  There has been and will continue to be a whole helluva lot of respect and class coming in from both programs.

Case in point: earlier this month, we posted a piece on a 12-year-old Ohio State fan who had undergone his final chemotherapy treatment.  Two years ago, upon being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Grant Reed, whose parents met when they were both members of Ohio State’s famed Best Damn Band in the Land, decided to give the insidious disease the nickname of “Michigan.”

So, with the final chemo treatment in the book, the young man had, in essence, beat Michigan.

Shortly after the story went viral, Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke was quoted as saying that, in this rare case, he was happy someone “Beat Michigan.”  Two weeks later, Hoke showed just how classy he and his football program truly are.

According to NBC4 in Columbus, Hoke again reached out to the young man Monday.  This time, though, the coach came bearing gifts along with some encouragement: four tickets for the UM-OSU game in late November in Ann Arbor.

An answer from the brave young man came in short order.

“He gave a very clear yes—he’s very excited,” Grant Reed‘s father, Troy, said.

The dad then added that “[i]t’s getting hard to keep my dislike for [Michigan], because they’ve been so classy and unbelievable to us.”

Bravo, Coach Hoke.  Bravo.  The game of college football is all the better for people like you being in it.

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27 Responses to “Brady Hoke offers tickets to The Game to young OSU fan/cancer survivor”
  1. sfsugator says: Jul 22, 2013 8:51 PM

    Finally a great sports story full of goodness an perseverance a breath of fresh air really

  2. dkhhuey says: Jul 22, 2013 8:55 PM

    Nicely done sir!!! Nicely done!!!

  3. seanb20124 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:56 PM

    The child will cherish it forever. Cool story

  4. garyleee says: Jul 22, 2013 9:01 PM

    Class! That’s Michigan alright

  5. mtheparrothead says: Jul 22, 2013 9:21 PM

    Both stories were great. Glad this kid beat cancer and gets to see the best game as well. Hail.

  6. mj1783 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    As a huge Ohio State fan and from a guy who lives in Columbus, I LOVE this story. Class act. In the end, there are bigger things in life than sports, stories like this prove it.

  7. overratedgators says: Jul 22, 2013 9:43 PM

    Hoke met with the kid earlier today. Touching moment. Video here:

  8. inhokewetrust says: Jul 22, 2013 9:45 PM

    Get in my belly…..

  9. thegamecocker says: Jul 22, 2013 9:52 PM

    Great story! So happy for this child and his parents. This is the good part of sports when a head coach from a bitter rival sees the bigger picture of overcoming a miserable disease. This story deserves as much PR as the Clowney Hit on Vincent Smith IMO. Congratulations to Coach Hoke and UM. G-d bless the Reed Family. The Gamecocker

  10. donth8thehorns says: Jul 22, 2013 9:54 PM

    Well done! Stay classy San Diego!

  11. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jul 22, 2013 10:04 PM

    Great read JT.
    Signed, smiling Michigan fan.

  12. grumpyoleman says: Jul 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    Nicely done. Hope the kid and his guests have a great time.

  13. gatorprof says: Jul 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    Good stuff…

  14. cupete says: Jul 22, 2013 11:44 PM

    I am a graduate of Colorado (undergrad) and Notre Dame (law) but have always had the greatest respect for Michigan and its football program. Now it (as represented by Brady Hoke) has not only my respect, but admiration. Hope this inspires a lot of others to go out and commit great acts of kindness and decency. This is what a healthy rivalry looks like. Go Blue!

  15. polegojim says: Jul 23, 2013 12:19 AM

    Beautiful story – Go BLUE!

  16. tendigitpoet says: Jul 23, 2013 2:02 AM

    Hail, Hail to Brady Hoke
    A champion…the best!

  17. jrev59 says: Jul 23, 2013 7:39 AM

    It’s nice to be able to read sports stories like THIS and not about drug cheats, fan violence, and the like.

  18. sanduskyshowerboy says: Jul 23, 2013 8:20 AM

    west virginia would have thrown batteries at this kid

  19. harbourimages says: Jul 23, 2013 8:21 AM

    As a Michigan alum I’m obviously very proud of our coach and school, and this is a typical example of why we love Brady Hoke so much. From the day he arrived we knew we had a TRUE “Michigan man” on campus. Keep up the great work, coach. So proud of you for this act of kindness. And hope the kid continues in good health for the rest of his life. Loved that he called his cancer “Michigan.” Very cool, and that was one loss everyone in Michigan can accept. Keep it up! And Go Blue!

  20. tony34343434 says: Jul 23, 2013 9:54 AM

    did brady Hoke say to the Kid, Yabba Dabba DOOOOOOOOO! Wilmaaaaa!

  21. MasMacho says: Jul 23, 2013 10:31 AM

    Hard to troll this one, even as a lifelong Buckeye. Nice move.

  22. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    Classy move by Michigan, but that kid better still rock his Ohio St. gear and root to “Beat Michigan”.

    I’m way too supersticious when it comes to sports for my own good. I’m a casual UM fan and casual hater of OSU, but sorry Big Blue, I gotta root for the Buckeyes to “Beat Michigan” this year….

  23. anmd1 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:18 PM

    Enjoy the “Big House” and “The game” little man and god bless in your recovery.
    Go Blue!!!

  24. general74 says: Jul 23, 2013 2:10 PM

    It would be cool is Urban has the young man on the field and in the locker room before the game. Maybe have him give a speech about how he beat Michigan and they can too.

  25. blueinok says: Jul 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    What might have been cooler, if Urban had thought to extend the invitation first?
    Class act by Brady Hoke – Go Blue!

  26. general74 says: Jul 24, 2013 12:48 PM

    Urban already has invited the child and his family to the first Ohio State Home game this year. Since the game is on the road in Michigan it wasn’t up to him to extend an invitation. I’m sure if “The Game” was at Ohio State this year he would have made that invitation.

  27. thegamecocker says: Jul 24, 2013 12:54 PM


    Nice to learn UM has extended invitation to the Family. I agree with you if “The Game” was at the Horseshoe, UM would have also invited them to that game as well.

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