Hendon Hooker admits he didn’t take down social media amid success

Players deleting social media from their phones is a common practice in sports. This can take a toll on athletes these days due to the intense backlash the games can elicit. However, the state of college sports in 2022 has left Hendon Hooker in a position he hasn’t been able to shake off yet.

Hooker spoke about Internet management and the media’s response to from Tennessee start undefeated in 2022 on Monday. Due to NIL, Hooker says he hasn’t been able to delete social media like he normally would. Still, he says he and his teammates are doing their best to block everything out and focus on the things that really matter.

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“It’s actually one of my first years where I didn’t delete social media from my phone until a week of gaming just because I kind of needed it for work,” said Hooker. “But we really take it (everything) as a grain of salt. Don’t go too high, don’t go too low. We just need to stay balanced and make sure we’re doing our job every day.

Hooker ranks 22nd overall in On3’s NIL college football and 36th overall in On3’s NIL 100. While this isn’t all social media-based, it’s still a key part of this assessment. It’s harder to block the clutter, but Hooker and his teammates will need to keep doing it ahead of their massive clash with Alabama This weekend.

Hendon Hooker hints at special recognition for Peyton Manning

Tennessee’s No. 6 is 6-0 and in the news again, with ESPN’s College GameDay traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., for the second time this season for Saturday’s showdown with Alabama’s No. 3. And quarterback Hendon Hooker has some special things planned.

He could just pay homage to Tennessee legend Peyton Manning if all goes according to plan.

“I have a Peyton shirt, I want to throw that away coming here soon,” Hooker said Monday.

A shirt, you say? To correct.

Hooker arrived at his post-match press conference after a 40-13 win over the No. 25 USL Saturday sporting a T-shirt that made Tennessee quarterback history.

His featured black shirt Condredge Holloway, a former Volunteers quarterback and the first black quarterback to start in the SEC. Hooker explained the significance of the shirt, which included Holloway’s nickname, “The Artful Dodger”, on it.

“I just wanted to pay homage to one of the greats,” Hooker said. “Really, I showed his son, his son is one of the equipment managers, I showed his son, he was like, ‘Hey, I know this guy.’ I just wanted to pay tribute.

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