When 12-year-old Ohio State fan Grant Reed named the brain tumor he was diagnosed with in 2011 "Michigan," it's fair to say he never guessed he'd wind up making a fan out of none other than Michigan's head coach.
But that's exactly what's happened, as the Wolverines' Brady Hoke recently reached out to Reed and his family after hearing the news of Reed's victory against "Michigan." But Hoke had more on his mind than congratulations or encouragement -- he offered the Reeds four tickets to this year's Ohio State-Michigan game, Nov. 30 at the Big House.
"He gave a very clear yes" to Hoke, Grant's father Troy said. "He's very excited."
A former member of the Ohio State marching band, Troy told NBC4 there was "no way" the family would have been able to acquire the tickets otherwise. The Rotary Club of Jackson, Mich., has offered to pay for the family's hotel stay.
"It's getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they've been so classy and unbelievable to us," Troy said. "But it won't be hard to cheer for the Buckeyes in November."
Grant has also met with Urban Meyer and received tickets to a Buckeyes home game.
Grant finished his final chemotherapy session recently, prompting Hoke to tell him this was one time he was thrilled to see "Michigan" defeated -- proving that whatever the fate of cancers named for his football team, Hoke is nothing but a winner when it comes to class.