With the Tuscon shooting last Saturday, this week was a somewhat somber one in general for our Bros of the Week. Hopefully, though, this week can show all of us how true Bros can rise to the occasion in a time of tragedy. Let's start on a happier note, with some sports Bros who made news…
5. Brady Hoke
Michigan hired Brady Hoke as their head football coach this week. Hoke was the head coach at San Diego State and a former assistant at Michigan under Lloyd Carr during Michigan’s national title run in 1997.
4. Michael Dyer
Auburn’s true freshman running back had the biggest game of his life on Monday in the BCS National Championship. Dyer won the game for the Tigers on his last two runs, first running for 37 yards after he broke a tackle that everyone in Glendale thought he was down on. The second run was a 16-yard run on 3rd down to bring Auburn to the 1-yard line, setting up the National Championship–winning field goal.
3. Jordan Rice
Jordan Rice, 13, gave up his own life in order to save that of his younger brother. He, his mother, and his younger brother were caught in a flood in Queensland, Australia. When rescuers arrived and tried to save him, he insisted that they save his younger brother, Blake, first. The rescuers were able to save Blake but by the time they could get back to Jordan it was too late.
2. Dorwan Stoddard and the Other Victims of the Tuscon Shooting
Stoddard and his wife were waiting in line to speak to Congresswoman Giffords when shots were fired in Tuscon Saturday. He immediately pulled his wife to the ground; she was shot in the leg and survived. Dorwan, however, was shot in the head and did not survive. It's an example of true love and bravery we can all admire. We'd be remiss if we didn't also mention the other victims of the shooting, including: Judge John M. Roll, a federal Chief Judge; Gabriel Zimmerman, Giffords's director of community outreach; Phyllis Schneck, a transplanted New Yorker and great-grandmother; Dorothy Morris, an avid traveler whose own husband tried, unsuccessfully, to shield her from the bullets; and, of course, Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl born on Sept. 11, 2001, who had a love for animals, baseball, and politics.
1. Daniel Hernandez
Although he rejected the term during Wednesday night's memorial service, Daniel Hernandez is nothing short of a hero. After hearing the first shots fired at the tragedy in Tucson this past weekend, the 20-year-old intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ran toward the scene of the shooting, checked the pulses of wounded victims, and eventually found a wounded Giffords. He applied pressure to her wounds until EMTs arrived, helping minimize blood loss and preventing her from choking on her own blood — ultimately probably saving her life. Hernandez may not fit the typical Brofile but we can all learn a lesson from this Bro of the Week’s bravery.