Where Are They Now - Brad Hopkins
Aug. 1, 2014
Brad Hopkins T - 1989-1993
Offensive success, whether it's a quarterback, receiver, or running back, is predicated on the performance of offensive linemen. The Fighting Illini offensive units achieved much triumph due to the play of left tackle Brad Hopkins.
Hailing from Moline High School where Hopkins was a football and basketball star, he joined the Illini in 1989 with limited playing opportunities as a freshman. However as a sophomore, Hopkins worked his way into the starting lineup and helped lead the Illini to a Big Ten Conference title in 1990, earning All-Big Ten honors. As a senior, dominant play would earn Hopkins All-American honors, leading Illinois to its fifth-consecutive bowl-game appearance.
Following his senior season, Hopkins was selected 13th overall in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. Hopkins started as a rookie in the NFL and was selected to the All-Rookie team in 1994. Over the years, Hopkins protected quarterbacks like Steve McNair and created holes for running backs like Eddie George in the Oilers organization. The Houston Oiler would later become a Tennessee Titan and play in Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. Hopkins was named to the 2000 and 2003 Pro Bowl as he anchored some of the best statistical performances in the NFL. He spent his entire 13-year career as an Oiler/Titan, starting 188 of 194 games and becoming one of the best O-linemen in franchise history.
On June 14, 2006, announced his retirement from the NFL. Today, Hopkins is a sports analyst on SiriusXM NFL channel and SportsRadio 560 on 95.9 FM in Nashville, Tennessee. He also works with athletes of all ages to improve football fundamentals. He offers one-on-one training, small group, camps and specialized sessions.