Catching Up With the Past: Brendan Hopkins

Catching Up With the Past: Brendan Hopkins

NEBRASKA — Three short years at Chadron State College have taught Brendan Hopkins a great deal about work ethic, success and making correct decisions.

The Green River native just finished his second season as a defensive lineman for the Eagles’ football team. Hopkins recorded 5 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles and 2.5 sacks in 10 games last season.

The Roots

Hopkins’ love for football didn’t begin in Nebraska. While a youth, his love for the pigskin grew from a small seed that was planted in him.

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“I remember playing football all the way back in elementary school during recess with my friends before we could even play pee wee football,” Hopkins said. “It was one of the many things that myself and my friends enjoyed doing together.”

The backyard football soon turned into a successful career at Green River High School. During his freshmen year, the varsity football team went 1-8 and followed by a 1-7 record during Hopkins’ sophomore year. However, by the end of his senior year, the Wolves finished at an impressive 8-2 record. Hopkins also was nominated as an All-State and All-Conference player his senior year.

The talented high school senior was soon offered an opportunity to play college football. Chadron State saw the success of Hopkins and added him to the Eagle’s roster.

Lessons of a Lifetime

Standing at 6’4″ and 280 pounds, Hopkins now continues to control the line of scrimmage at the collegiate level.

“I have learned an immense amount about technique and the schemes of football,” Hopkins said. “This program has shown me how to work hard, how to do things right, and to never take the easy way out. They are all things that are needed to be successful in life. The coaches that we have are amazing role models. I am lucky that I get to be around these guys day in and day out and learn from them.”

Hopkins has not only dominated the football field, but has also worked equally as hard in the classroom. He currently is two years away from obtaining his degree in Health and Physical Education. Chadron State’s football team has also maintained it’s status as being the top academic team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Work ethic has continued to be a recurring theme for Hopkins. After going 7-3 last season, he and his teammates keep their eye on the prize: winning the national championship.

“We had a good year last year going 7-3 and finishing third in our conference, but we are not content with that. We have set high expectations and goals for ourselves,” Hopkins said.

What once used to be a young, energetic boy out on the school grounds has now developed into a bold, determined man. He realizes that this wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support back home.

“I would like to thank my parents Brad and Jeanette Hatfield for everything that they have done for me,” Hopkins said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I would also like to thank all my family and friends for everything that they do. Lastly, I’d like to thank Mike Aimone for giving me this opportunity because without his help I would not be an Eagle today.”