Dr. Samuel Hoff, 1975 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, has received numerous honors and awards in his field of political science, but it was the lessons learned as a member of the Millionaire football team that he still holds dear.
And 38 years after he graduated from high school, Hoff, now a professor at Delaware State University, was back on the field at Millionaire Stadium Friday to receive the Williamsport Area School District's Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.
Having a positive attitude, never giving up and team work were the lessons Hoff mentioned when talking about what he learned from his time spent with teammates on the football team.
Susan Swank-Caschera, WAHS Alumni Association president, left, and Dr. Don Adams, Williamsport Area School District Superintendent, right, talk with Dr. Samuel Hoff after presenting Hoff with the school’s second annual Distinguished Alumni Award before Williamsport’s homecoming game against Tunkhannock Friday night.
"Those are thing you never forget," he said after receiving the award.
Hoff received the award from vice president of the association and former classmate Kim Fredo, along with Sue Swank-Caschera, association president and Dr. Don Adams, district superintendent.
Hoff was grateful for the honor saying that there were many others who were worthy of such an award, including his siblings, Matt and Gretchen, who nominated Hoff for the award.
Hoff hopes that as more alumni learn about the award that more will get involved in the association and nominate future candidates for the honor.
He said that while social media allows alumni to stay connected after graduating, having an association, such as this one, is an important resource to many.
"You never should take for granted the actual associations," he said.
After playing football for the school, Hoff said that it was special to be able to come back during this year's homecoming festivities and receive the award on the field.
"How many times do you get to come back and be on the field? There may never be another time. That makes this overwhelming," he said.
Hoff even noted that he still has a photograph of Millionaire Stadium that he looks at from time to time to relive memories.
"I remember the smells. I remember the band playing 'Chicago' tunes back in the 70s and I remember the cheerleaders," he said.
"It's a different perspective being here (on the sidelines) rather than being on the field," he added later.