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Wisconsin confirms RBs coach leaving for NFL

Thomas Hammock

Shortly after Wisconsin announced its 2014 recruiting class, talk surfaced that one of Gary Andersen‘s assistants was likely leaving for the professional ranks.  A short time later, that talk became a reality.

First reported by, Andersen confirmed later Wednesday that running backs coach Thomas Hammock was leaving for a job in the NFL.  Specifically, Hammock will take the same position with the Baltimore Ravens.

Based on Andersen’s words, it was a tough decision but one that Hammock felt was in the best interests of both his career and his family.  From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

“He has meant a lot to Wisconsin,” Andersen said. “And let me just say this: Wisconsin means a lot to Thomas Hammock and it always will. …

“This is something that Thomas has wanted for a long time. Some people want to coach professional football.

“It has been a driving force of his for quite a few years and it is where he sees the best spot for him and his family, which I have the utmost respect for, the decision that he has to make.

“It all comes with a little bit of difficulty, but we’ll move on. We’ll be just fine. And he’ll move on, and he’ll be just fine.”

During his three seasons with the Badgers, the 32-year-old Hammock has overseen a unit that produced four 1,000-yard seasons from three different players, including two in 2013.  The Journal-Sentinel wrote that “Hammock worked with the UW running backs Wednesday morning so he could tell them personally he was leaving.”

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1 Response to “Wisconsin confirms RBs coach leaving for NFL”
  1. greej1938l says: Feb 6, 2014 8:15 AM

    He will be missed! Good luck buddy!

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