Bret Bielema grew up on a hog farm

Here is a picture of my grandson Luke Hatcher with a football he won at the Saline County Razorback Club and it was signed by Coach Bret Bielema.

(I got to write about this meeting that Bielema attended for the Saline Courier and my article is online.) I have had the opportunity to write on sports several times in the past for the Saline Courier and you can find my articles online here, here, here, here, here, and here. Here is a serious article I wrote for the Saline Courier about a family friend killed by a drunk driver which can found at this link and I also wrote about some Arkansas war heroes and those articles can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, and here,

I got to hear Bret Bielema speak at the Saline County Razorback Club Fish Fry on 3-27-13 and in that meeting he said he grew up on a hog farm and if he ever called his sister a “hog” then he would be hit. However, in Arkansas ladies like being called hogs because of the love of the Razorbacks.

Here is what Coach Bielema said when he first accepted the Arkansas job:

I grew up, ironically, on a pig farm. I grew up in an environment where really all I thought I was going to do was grow up on the farm and help my dad carry on a tradition that he taught me from the age of four moving forward. When I left the farm, I cried like crazy because it was all I knew. I’m glad I was raised that way. If there is one thing I learned in this life is that every job I’ve had, every goal that I’ve taken, every responsibility that I’ve gotten it truly is up to you to put in the work and the time to do it right the first time so you won’t have to go back and do it again. I learned that through my days growing up on a farm.


This work ethic has served Coach Bielema well. He has won 10 or more games in 4 of the 7 years he was the Badgers coach.  You would have to go back 23 years in order to find four 10 win seasons for the Hogs.

Every night we gather to have our devotions and we read a chapter from Proverbs. Recently we read Proverbs 21:5 which says, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Hopefully with the hard work that Coach Bielema is putting in we will have success in the future.

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