Hauschka's Middlebury Homecoming

Published 04/17 2014 11:12PM

Updated 04/17 2014 11:21PM

Middlebury, VT -- Today was a very special homecoming day for Super Bowl champion and former Middlebury College Panther Steven Hauschka.

"We had to go to Mr. Up's to get some Thumbs & Totes." Hauschka admitted Thursday. That was part of the necessary plans."

In between the famous Middlebury chicken wings, Steven Hauschka and his wife had a blast hanging out at his old stomping grounds.

"It's a trip back in time." he said. "I spent 4 good years of my life here. I met my wife here, Lindsey. Brings back a lot of good memories. Love it here."

He's made a mountain of memories since leaving Middlebury. FOX 44/ABC22 was there at MetLife Stadium in February moments after the 2007 Middlebury grad became a Super Bowl champion.

"It was a whirlwind season. It started off with high expectations. We just kept on going. To come out of it with a Super Bowl win was crazy. It all happened so fast. It's still kind of sinking in a little bit."

Now Hauschka can sink into his job as the Seahawks kicker. After years of clawing for a roster spot, Hauschka signed a 3 year, $9.15 million deal with Seattle last month.

"It is a weight off." Hauschka said from Alumni Stadium in Middlebury. "That's something that every player dreams of and works towards during their career. Not everyone's fortunate enough to get that. I'm very thankful for that. But once again, you just gotta stay healthy and just keep playing well and then try to ride it out as long as you can."

Hauschka is not only a former Middlebury Panther football player he also played soccer here and lacrosse. Which made this afternoon a very special moment for one current lacrosse player. Panther freshman Cedric Rhodes came all the way from Seattle to play for the Panthers and a Seahawk came to him.

"I didn't expect him to be here." Rhodes said after getting his Hauschka jersey autographed. "I've been carrying around my jersey all day long just in case I happened to run into him on campus and I walk up to practice and there's Steven Hauschka. I was like, no way. Let's go!"

Hauschka spent much of the day speaking with students, delivering a message of hard work and perseverance. 

"Especially to the kids, just perseverance and a good work ethic." said Hauschka. "You learn pretty early that you've got to work hard to stay in the game. And just continually trying to improve are the things that I've learned help me."

Thursday's event was for Middlebury students and staff only but there will be a public 'Night with Steven Hauschka' Friday at Middlebury Union High School. 

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