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Change of heart

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -  Hunter Hogan was tired of football.

"It had been a straight job for four years at Robert E Lee," said Hogan.  "I don't think I could have kept on going and just kind of lost my passion."

Without passion you're not going to be much of a football player.  So Hogan put away his helmet and pads and headed to Alabama.  He was only focusing on school.

"I remember watching that first game against Virginia Tech when Alabama played Tech and watching them run out there," said Hogan.  "I was thinking man that could be me, what am I doing?"

The itch to return only got worse when the Crimson Tide went on to win the national championship.

"I thought about walking on at Alabama," said Hogan.  "The more I thought about it, I'd been out of football for over a year, I'd lost 70 pounds. Hadn't run or lifted. They were No. 1 in the nation."

Instead of walking on, Hogan made the long drive home.  After a year away from football, he's getting a second chance at T.J.C.

"He came out here and looked out of shape," said T.J.C. teammate Simmon Blaylock.  "But he got back into shape faster then I thought he would, so he looks good."

"It's been great," said Hogan.  "I mean it's all I've dream of. I've missed it so much, I'm glad to be back."

Hogan hopes to see another national championship, this time from the field.

"That would be nuts if we won the national championship and I know we can do it," he said.  "We look great out here and I'm excited about next year.

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