Brad Hoover

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Brad Hoover
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Brad Hoover signing autographs at the Panthers' training camp facility in Spartanburg, SC.
No. 45
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-11-11) November 11, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Thomasville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Western Carolina
Undrafted in 2000
Debuted in 2000 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Bradley R. Hoover (born November 11, 1976 in Thomasville, North Carolina) is a former American football fullback. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Western Carolina.

Early years[edit]

Hoover was a Shrine Bowl participant and an all-state selection at Ledford Senior High School in Wallburg, North Carolina. He led the state with 2,662 yards rushing and scored 34 touchdowns as a senior. He earned Davidson County, North Carolina and Central Carolina Conference Player of the Year honors.

On March 18, 2013 he was hired as the Head Football Coach of the Union Academy Cardinals, replacing Lynn Keziah. Union Academy is a charter school located in Monroe NC. Union Academy hires Brad Hoover

College career[edit]

Hoover made a big impact at Western Carolina University being second all-time in school history in career yards. Hoover exploded his junior season by setting a school rushing record with 1,663 yards, scoring 13 touchdowns in the process. He earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors as a result. His senior year, he followed up with 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns, good enough for second-team All-SoCon. He became only the second player in school history to post back-to-back 1,000 rushing yard seasons. His 3,616 career yards are good enough for second all-time in school history, and his 28 touchdowns place him fifth on the list. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Western and has contributed greatly to charitable causes in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

In 2008 Hoover was inducted by Western Carolina University into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Hoover went undrafted in the 2000 NFL Draft; he was later signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers. After a foot injury sidelined starting running back Tshimanga Biakabutuka, Hoover got two starts at tailback, including a Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers where he became only the second rookie in team history to post a 100-yard game (Fred Lane was the first). After switching to fullback for his second season, he became the full-time starter in 2002. He caught two passes for touchdowns that season, the first touchdown receptions of his career. During the Panthers run to Super Bowl XXXVIII, he was the primary blocker for Stephen Davis, allowing Davis to rush for a team record 1,444 yards. 2004 saw Hoover miss the first game of his career due to injury, as he sat out several games with an injured hip. However, he still managed to contribute on offense, catching two touchdown passes and rushing for 246 yards.

On March 8, 2010, Hoover was released by the Panthers. [2]

After Football[edit]

In March 2013 Hoover was hired as the head football coach of Union Academy, a charter school in Monroe, NC. [3] In January 2014 Hoover was named the head football coach at Marvin Ridge High School, also in Union County.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

    Rushing   Receiving
Season Team League GP Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2000 Carolina NFL 16 89 290 1 15 112 0
2001 Carolina NFL 16 17 71 0 26 185 0
2002 Carolina NFL 16 31 129 0 17 187 2
2003 Carolina NFL 16 6 21 0 12 72 1
2004 Carolina NFL 14 68 246 0 21 161 2
2005 Carolina NFL 15 10 22 0 10 58 0
2006 Carolina NFL 16 22 73 1 20 122 0
2007 Carolina NFL 16 12 39 0 14 87 0
2008 Carolina NFL 16 9 18 0 6 39 0
Regular season totals 141 264 909 2 141 1023 5

Playoffs[edit]

    Rushing   Receiving
Season Team League GP Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2003-04 Carolina NFL 4 4 12 1 5 35 0
2005-06 Carolina NFL 3 2 0 0 3 22 0
2008-09 Carolina NFL 1 0 0 0 1 7 0
Playoff totals 8 6 12 1 9 64 0

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Western Carolina Announces its 2008 Athletics Hall of Fame Class". CBS Sports.com College Network. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Hoover Released by Panthers". The Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Former Panthers Takes Monroe Coaching Job". Retrieved 2012-04-08.