Former Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is doing the right thing. He is getting away from the rat race of coaching and recharging his batteries.
He won’t become Notre Dame’s defensive line coach and unfortunately he won’t become Central Michigan’s head football coach. He will fade into the sunset.
Football coaches are well paid but they are also stressed out beyond words. Hoke got paid $4 million a year during his four-year run as head football coach. Now it is time to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
He does not have to hear about what a bad coach he is. He does not have to hear about head phones, and bad clock management and recruiting. He can relax on a beach, chill with his wife, go on a cruise, visit Europe or begin a new hobby. The world is there for him to do as he wants.
Being a head coach involves long hours, dealing with egos, managing a staff and sometimes not even returning to your home at night. That is why you see coaches getting paid and walking away. We may never see Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher on a sideline again. Cowher was a very successful coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He made the playoffs 10 times, appeared in two Super Bowls and won one here in Detroit at Super Bowl XL and helped send Jerome Bettis off into a blaze of glory.
Cowher said on Sirius XM radio that he has no intentions of coming back.
“I’m in a good place,” he said. “You are not going to see me on the sidelines. You enjoy it, miss it, but not enough to get back.”
Cowher works for CBS as a football analyst. He is close to the game but is not consumed by it. He gets paid handsomely and when the games are over Cowher can be with his family.
Hoke paid his dues. Now it is time to relax until that itch returns.