Ex-Buc Hovan helping USF as weight-room intern
He was a frequent guest during USF's spring football workouts, and now he's around the Bulls in a more official capacity, as former Bucs defensive tackle Chris Hovan is identifying himself as a USF weight-room intern on his Twitter.com page.
Hovan, who played with the Bucs from 2005-09 and was on injured reserve with the Rams last season, was a regular at USF's spring practices, helping out with the Bulls' defensive linemen. If the NFL lockout is resolved and Hovan, 33, has a chance to get back in the league, it's only natural USF would allow him to do that, but the sheer time he's spending at USF shows a level of commitment toward the Bulls.
(UPDATE: USF has confirmed that Hovan has signed on as one of four volunteer interns in the weight room. It's a 12-month position, and he'll work with athletes in all sports. Hovan is working toward being certified as a strength coach.)
Hovan did not return a message seeking comment on Thursday and has been relatively low-key about his involvement with the Bulls throughout the process. But his followers on Twitter see frequent references to his time with the Bulls: "Just got out of working with the USF football team, man did these guys bring it today!" he wrote on Monday -- he's built up a following of more than 1,600 in just six weeks on Twitter.
Hovan started 149 games in 10 NFL seasons, his first five with the Vikings and last five with the Bucs. He started every game but one in his five seasons with Tampa Bay.