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Temporarily Turning on the Horns: Britt Hager's Football Family

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
Britt Hager has more career tackles than any other player in University of Texas history. In four seasons at UT, the former All-American proved he can defend any line asked of him: The line of scrimmage, the first down line, definitely the goal line. But when it comes to blood lines: Hager has never had to tackle something like he will this weekend.

"It's incredibly emotional, but at the same time I'm very excited," said Hager.

Saturday, when the Longhorns host Baylor, Hager's son Bryce will play a college game at the same position, in the same stadium where his father Britt re-wrote the Texas record book. But Bryce will not be wearing burnt orange.

"Growing up as a little kid I used to go to those games," said Bryce. "But now being a different perspective being on the field, it's gonna be a great environment to play in."

Bryce Hager, a sophomore linebacker for Baylor, leads the Big 12 in tackles and ranks third nationally with an average of more than 12 per game. Texas did not offer Bryce a scholarship.

"They looked at me as a preferred walk-on," said Bryce. "That really didn't bother me at all because I wanted to play at Baylor."

"Yes, I was disappointed," said Britt. "At the same time, Bryce is at the right place, where he needs to be, and he loves it."

After tagging along with Britt during parts of his nine seasons in the NFL, Bryce passed on an opportunity to walk-on at his Dad's former school. He has also passed his pops in terms of stature and performance. Britt tells us that Bryce is further along now than he was at the same age.

"Where he's at, from a strength and speed standpoint, was probably not until my 3rd year in the NFL," said Britt.

Despite being a member of UT's Hall of Honor, Britt will be rooting against his Longhorns this weekend.

"Texas is gonna lose one game a year, and that's against Baylor," said Britt. "It's about family, it's not about me anymore - it's about him, it's his time."

Hager had family by his side for his football journey, and this weekend - the Hagers are still sticking together.Temporarily Turning on the Horns: Britt Hager's Football Family


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Scores & Schedules

August 21, 2014 07:08 GMT

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Texas 5, Miami 4

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3

Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5

N.Y. Mets 8, Oakland 5

Washington 3, Arizona 2

Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2

St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 3

San Francisco 8, Chicago Cubs 3

Colorado 5, Kansas City 2

San Diego 4, L.A. Dodgers 1

Thursday's Games

Arizona (Miley 7-9) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 6-9), 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 0, 5 innings, comp. of susp. game, 5:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Teheran 11-9) at Cincinnati (Holmberg 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Bumgarner 13-9) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-10), 8:05 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 11-11) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 14-3), 10:10 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Texas 5, Miami 4

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3

Toronto 9, Milwaukee 5

N.Y. Mets 8, Oakland 5

Houston 5, N.Y. Yankees 2

Detroit 6, Tampa Bay 0

L.A. Angels 8, Boston 3

Baltimore 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 5, Minnesota 0

Colorado 5, Kansas City 2

Thursday's Games

Houston (Keuchel 10-8) at N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 4-2), 1:05 p.m.

Cleveland (Kluber 13-6) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 13-8), 1:10 p.m.

Detroit (Price 12-8) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 8-6), 1:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 11-4) at Boston (R.De La Rosa 4-4), 7:10 p.m.

NFL PRESEASON

Thursday, Aug. 21

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22

Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Oakland at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.

WNBA PLAYOFF

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-3) Eastern Conference Atlanta vs. Chicago

Friday, Aug. 22: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Atlanta at Chicago, 7 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Aug 26: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana vs. Washington

Thursday Aug. 21: Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Indiana at Washington, 5 p.m.

x-Monday, Aug. 25: Washington at Indiana, TBD

Western Conference Phoenix vs. Los Angeles

Friday, Aug. 22: Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Phoenix at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Aug. 26: Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Minnesota vs. San Antonio

Thursday Aug. 21: San Antonio at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: Minnesota at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

x-Monday, Aug. 25: San Antonio at Minnesota, TBD

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