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Brian Hoyer—Man About Town

Brian_Hoyer-Man About Town


This last week I was so damn lucky as to sit in a booth next to Hoyer and an unknown confidant at an Avon Lake cafe where we both were having lunch—a cafe oddly close in proximity to Mr. Hero but that is a different story. Woof woof.

As a debutante of the western suburbs, I am afforded many interesting interactions with local sport celebrity.

I had written previously of the time I had an ill-fated gas-station-autograph exchange with Andrew “Brevity” Bynum, more serendipitous than anything.

There were many times I would pass Mo Williams’ Lake Road home at the same time he would be leaving his driveway for practice and I would honk and wave like Mo was really something.

There was the time I shared a Men’s Community Hoops night with Sasha Pavlovic—I think the only person ever to dunk in the Bay Village Middle School gym.

There was the time I walked past Brian Hoyer in the middle of a weekday at H&M, both of us undoubtedly dragged there by our wives, me meandering through the upper level and him very seriously trying on several fedoras in the mirror as if one statement hat is fundamentally different from the other, us both exchanging a glance that said ‘yes, you know who I am’. But this was pre-draft, post-season so I was only slightly sure.

And I thought this was it for Hoyer and I. But it was not. It was instead kismet that I would learn more from Hoyer in person than I ever anticipated. With us seated so close to one another I hoped for a tiny nugget of football insight from the man. Little did I know he would feed me the world. I thought it was a long shot that he would even discuss the game, let alone personnel issues so relevant.

The first thing I heard was talk of other teams. Tennessee, Tampa Bay, somewhere else—as destinations he won’t end up. This was good. Thanks, Brian. But then he started talking about someone who was ‘the worst first pick round pick ever’. This from a man who grew up in Cleveland. He went on to say that this person ‘only talked about Google, girls and Nike’ and never football, never prepping. ‘Kyle made the playbook so simple’ for this mystery person ‘and he still couldn’t get it’.

This is off the record. Brian Hoyer was proving himself to be so sincerely nice in the meantime. He and his confidant took time from their petit fours to take pics with some women at the next table who were very excited to see him. He was gracious and humble.

Immediately following his departure, my wife showed me an Instagram pic of a Hoyer sweatshirt at Avalon Exchange that was just posted. But only seconds later, it was sold, because it was a good warm sweatshirt. Second-hand, but honest and functional.

– Jon Conley
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