Brad Hoover Opens Up About Memory Loss And Other Issues
Former Panthers fullback and current Marvin Ridge High School head football coach, Brad Hoover, joins Mac and Jim to discuss his time with the Panthers and some current NFL storylines.
On coaching now: I’m fine at the high school level. There’s not aspirations, maybe later on, but at this point, high school is probably the most pure form of football you’re ever going to play and I’ve enjoyed coaching these kids and trying to make an impact on their lives.
On the locker room culture in the NFL: Locker rooms are kind of special. There’s a lot of horse play. I relate NFL players to big kids in the locker room. Sometimes we probably let things go a little more than we should, but at the end of the day, we’re all teammates and at the end of the day, we all have each other’s back.
On the Dolphins situation: What happened in Miami, I’m not sure, but it doesn’t sound like it was in the best interest of everybody. If I was Mr. Martin, I probably wouldn’t have handled it the way he did. I would have at least tried to address it and stayed with the team. It doesn’t need to be tolerated, so maybe this gets it more attention, maybe that is a good thing.
On hearing fans yell “HOOV” at Panthers games: It was cool. It was nice, being a Carolina guy and playing for my hometown team. It showed how much the fans embraced me and I thought it was special. I enjoyed every minute of it. I was fortunate enough to play my whole career here, and played for a pretty good while, and that support drove me to do the best I can. I wanted to do it for my teammates first, but for the fans second.
On how his body’s holding up after playing fullback all those years: Right now, it’s working the best it can. I won’t say I don’t have some problems, but every player you’ll ask has something that’s going on or something that’s going to go on in the future. At the end of the day, I’m doing fine right now, I’m not going to say that’s always going to be the case but at this point, I’m doing all right.
On concerns about head injuries: I’m concerned. I’d be lying to say I don’t have some short term memory loss, right now. I just don’t know where it’s going or how fast it will evolve or where my mental mindstate will be in five to ten years and so forth. I just try to take it day-by-day and breathe life in and do the best I can.