Next stop on PackerInsanity’s “Meet Me” tour brings us to another one of the practice squad players that the Packers re-signed to a 3 year deal, the former Golden Gopher of Minnesota, Jon Hoese. The 6’2 238 pound rookie fullback made strides as the season progressed and did a very good job on the practice squad.
Overcoming Tragedy. Jon has showed strength, and heart, the likes of which we Packer faithful can relate to dating back to Favre’s Monday night after his father passed. Before the start of the 2010 Gopher season, Jon’s father, Terry, suffered a stroke that put him in a coma before the season opening game for Minnesota. Jon went ahead and played in that opener like he knew his father would want him to. He had 3 rushing TD’s including the game winner that night, as there was something special in the air. His father passed away that Monday following the stroke.
College Career. Jon came to Minnesota as a walk on, but his presence was felt very early on. He was a leader from the start, and that effort was made clear when his senior season he was named Offensive Co-Captain. In 42 career games Jon had 52 rushes for 161 yards and 6 TD’s. He also had 23 receptions for 184 yards and a TD.
Jon is a bright young man who is very well spoken as well. He has a charisma that instantly makes him a likeable guy.
2012 Outlook. The more I find out about Jon the more I like the guy. He is a stand-up guy, very well spoken, very down to Earth, and just a perfect fit as a Packer. With Kuhn on the roster, I don’t see Hoese getting playing time anytime in the near future, but this is the NFL, and injuries can happen. Should his number be called, Hoese will come in and do what he has done his entire life: rise to the occasion. It’s a pleasure to have him as a Green Bay Packer; you can follow him on twitter Packer Nation at @J_Hoese