GALLATIN - Gallatin High School announced Friday morning that it would honor Rob Hosier by naming the press box at Green Wave Stadium and Calvin Short Field after him.
"My initial reaction was wishing they hadn't of done that," he told the Gallatin News. "I'm a low-key type of person and I'm a little shy when it comes to self-recognition."
Rob is a Navy veteran of Lebanon, Tennessee, but his passion for Gallatin runs deep. A resident of 44 years, Hosier and his family bleed the green-and-gold. Hosier was a social studies teacher at Gallatin, where he spent 34 years. His son is a 1992 graduate of the school.
Hosier took over the football public address announcing duties in 1975 and was immediately hooked.
"I can remember that day like it was yesterday," Hosier said, describing taking the job. "We were playing Warren County and it was a Wednesday. I never played football, so I had to get caught up quick. I had a coaching buddy of mine help me out and I just kind of winged it. I got my feet wet and kept wanting to do it."
Hosier was quick to shut down any comparisons when asked what it will mean to him to be alongside the great Calvin Short at Green Wave Stadium.
"I'm a distant second to Calvin Short," he said. "Calvin is one of the finest coaches in football, anywhere in the country. It will be an honor to be up there with him."
GHS Assistant Principal Johnnie Anderson is the one who told Hosier of his honors.
"It's a little embarrassing and intimidating, but if that is what the folks want," he said. "I didn't ask for it, but I'm very, very pleased and honored with it. My family will be there tonight and it will be a lot of fun."
Hosier has seen a lot of football games during his 43 years, but one game will always stand above the rest.
"Best game I ever saw was in 1980," he said. "Final score: Gallatin 2, Mt. Juliet 0. There was a crowd of 8,000-10,000 people in a stadium that seats half that. They were backed up inside the 10-yard line and pitched left. They fumbled into the end zone, fell onto the ball in the end zone and we fell on him. It was in the third quarter. Neither team came close to scoring that day. It was a classic. The unique setting was something special. That game will always be the best, it will never change."
Gallatin High School will honor Hosier after the first quarter of tonight's homecoming football game against Hillwood. Kickoff set for 7:00 p.m.