By TJ Millman
Class of ’87 graduate, Tim Hudson, is one of this year’s four newest members of Milford’s Football Hall of Fame. Hudson is the only member of the ’17 HOF class who played all four years of his football career as a varsity starter, and over those four years he received many awards for his play. In Hudson’s senior year alone he was 1st team all-conference, 3rd team all-state, team MVP, defensive player of the year, and a team captain.
Years before his stellar career at Milford, Hudson got started playing football with Milford Pop Warner at the age of 10. Though he credits his parents with a majority of his encouragement to be involved in athletics, he also gave credit to his Pop Warner Coach, Pat Coates. Coates, Hudson said, had a large, positive impact on a lot of the guys who played football for Milford High School in the late 80’s-early 90’s.
Hudson played both offense and defense for the Bucs, playing guard on offense and linebacker on defense. He didn’t have one particular memory that stuck with him, but rather cherishes the comradery that was built in the heat of battle with his teammates.
“It’s less about one moment, and more about the friendships that you build with your teammates in athletics. I’ve had the luxury of coming home to watch my sons play against Milford, and to see my old teammates and Coach (Jack) Simon come over and talk to me has been a real pleasure. It’s just really neat to develop those type of friendships that can only be built in the locker room or on the field together,” Hudson said.
Hudson has had many different coaches across multiple sports, and one coach that he really admires is his old wrestling coach, Don Parsley.
“His first year coaching at Milford was my junior year, and I actually didn’t wrestle that year. His passion and energy for wrestling got me back on the mat my senior year. Had it not been for him, I would not have wrestled. His approach to wrestling and to how he handles his team is second to none. Even back to his second year of coaching, you could tell that he was different from most in a good way,” Hudson said.
From Milford, Hudson went on to the University of Delaware and earned his BS and MBA degrees as a Blue Hen. He now works in the banking industry up in Wilmington, and credits much of his success to his lessons learned in sports.
“I find that a lot of people who are successful in business also participated in athletics. They did not have to be an all-state athlete, but that involvement in athletics taught them a lot about teamwork and what it takes to be successful. Those lessons of hard work, commitment, and dedication are required to be successful not only on the field, but in life as well. That’s what sports did for me. They taught me how to compete in life,” Hudson said.
Hudson has two sons, Jacob and Andrew, both of whom are multi-sport athletes like their father. Jacob just graduated from Delaware Military Academy and earned the honor of being able to attend the Naval Academy. He is trying out for their sprint football team, a hybrid form of football where all players are under 180 pounds, after having played football and baseball at DMA. Andrew is going into his junior year at DMA, and he plays football, baseball, and wrestling.
It has been 30 years since Tim Hudson played football for Milford High School, but he still competes. His ability to see sports for the lessons that they teach has driven him in life, and has earned him the right to join the ranks of Milford’s honored football members.
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