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Steve Korte

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Korte: Hokie and I shared secrets, fears, dreams

When I was drafted by the Saints in Spring 1983, I reported to camp in May.  Within a couple of days I was not only welcomed to the family, I was absorbed  and interwoven into the fabric of the players, namely two who were going to make me family, Hokie Gajan and Stan Brock.  Hokie and I became inseparable and every spare moment away from football we spent hunting, fishing, playing golf and assorted other activities.  For the most part, Hok was teaching and mentoring me, I was the apprentice.
With the NFL requirements understood, the many hours spent in a boat, duck blind, behind a windshield, I knew this wonderful man far better than you can imagine, we would share secrets, fears, and dreams. Those experiences forge bonds and friendship that never fracture  
I was at Hokie’s bedside as he passed surrounded by his awesome family.  There was an endless loop playing in my head of our lives spent together, and true love of what friends truly can be. I will miss Hokie, but I have memories of a true friendship. In the last few minutes, I whispered to Hokie "there is a young man up there who could use the same kind of friend...it's my son Shane.  He can show you around.”

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04/13/2016 11:47AM
Korte: Hokie and I shared secrets, fears, dreams
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