Brian Hoyer’s first NFL offseason went something like this: watch film, workout, watch film, get married and honeymoon, watch film.
An undrafted rookie last year — who, incredibly, was the only quarterback on the roster behind the returning-from-knee-injury Tom Brady — Hoyer approaches every day as a day to try and challenge Brady for the top spot. While that certainly seems like a lofty goal, that is how Hoyer, who married Lauren Scrivens on July 2, that is how he feels he must approach his job.
A Cleveland-area native, the soon-to-be 25-year old was the winning pitcher for his St. Ignatius High when it clinched the Ohio Division I state championship in 2002.
First car: My dad (Axel) got me a Dodge Durango when I turned 16. It was a used one, we got it from our neighbor so it had like 80,000 miles on it when we got it and by the time it died out I think it had like 180,000 miles because we would take it on recruiting visits. My dad would drive, we would drive together, so I had it all the way up to my sophomore year at Michigan State.
First job: My dad owns a baseball batting cage facility, so I worked around there. (He paid me) for whatever I worked, you know, a lot of times it was just cleaning up the cages after people were in there and then you’d hit a few or whatever. So really I’ve never really had a real job. This is really my first ‘real’ job.
Favorite meal: Mexican. I’m still trying to find a good Mexican restaurant up here, but there’s one back in Cleveland that just opened up…they call it ‘modern Mexican cuisine’…they have different kinds of guacamole and I just love it.
Hero: I’d say my dad and my grandparents from his side just because they’re from Germany and they had to go through a lot coming to the United States and going through that transition. My dad told me stories when they first got here [his parents] didn’t speak any English so he was filling out all their bills for them and doing all these things and having to explain things to them and he was only a young kid, so I know it was rough on him and for him to be successful and allow me to have every opportunity that I could to be successful, that’s pretty awesome.
Place I want to visit but haven’t yet: I would think it would be cool to go to Africa and go on a safari. The last time I was in Europe, not including last year for [the Pats’ game in] London was when I was like 12 and I know my dad still has family over there so I’d like to go back over there because I really don’t remember it. But as far as a place that I think would be just awesome to go and just explore, it would be somewhere in Africa.
Favorite athlete in another sport: I would say LeBron, but he left Cleveland. Growing up I loved Manny Ramirez. I know he’s coming toward the end of his career but growing up, when he was in Cleveland, he was a young guy. That was the guy I always wanted to play like when I was playing baseball. It was a sad day when he left.
Favorite breakfast cereal: Lucky Charms.
In heavy rotation on my ipod: [From two lockers away, Stephen Gostkowski says Michael Bolton, drawing laughs] Everything. Lil’ Wayne just came out with a new album so I have some of his stuff…I listen to everything. “The Boys of Fall,” the song by Kenny Chesney, I love that video. It’s about football and they have a video I always watch the day before the game to get me going because it’s about thinking back to when you’re playing in high school and things like that and it just takes you back.