Hoke Gives OSU Cancer Patient Free Tix


Brady Hoke could have easily ignored Grant Reed’s dig at the Wolverines when the 12-year-old Ohio State fan named his cancer “Michigan.” Instead, the opposite happened: The UM head coach was touched by Reed’s battle.

As a gesture of good will, Hoke called Reed and his family at their Bellville, OH, home to offer them four tickets to this year’s edition of “The Game” at Michigan Stadium.

“[Grant] gave a very clear yes — he’s very excited,” said Reed’s father, Troy, who played in the OSU marching band along with his wife and Reed’s mother, Denise. “It’s getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they’ve been so classy and unbelievable to us.”

The kindness from the Michigan community didn’t end with Hoke. The Rotary Club of Jackson, MI, has offered to pay for the Reed family’s hotel stay during the weekend of “The Game.” In addition, Reed got a shout-out directly from Michigan’s athletics department.

If ever there was a time for a rivalry’s pettiness to be set aside, it’s this.

[Eleven Warriors | WCMH]

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