Meet West Michigan Hawks linebacker/defensive end Dick Imhoff. Originally from Houston, Texas, Imhoff moved to Grand Rapids when he was young. In 1999, he graduated from Lakeview High School. Imhoff started playing football in fourth grade, and played all the way through the completion of high school.
“My biggest role model is my grandfather, Dick Berry,” he said. “I didn’t really have a father figure growing up, and he is the one who taught me how to hunt, fish, and golf. He is probably the hardest working and strongest man I know.”
When he isn’t playing football, Imhoff enjoys hunting, fishing, and hanging out with his two sons. “And golf. Lots of golf,” he said. “Not having a father figure growing up showed me what I don’t want my sons to miss out on, so I cherish every second that I get to spend with them.”
“I have family that lives in Cedar Springs,” he continued. “I know a lot of people that went to Cedar Springs schools, and my stepdad is the superintendent at Creative Technologies Academy (in Cedar Springs). I have been around Cedar a lot, and I love that we are trying to be more than just a football team. We try to give back to the community, and help those in need.”
Head coach David Lange sees plenty of potential in Imhoff. “Dick is an extremely valuable player, but injuries have hindered him for a large portion of the season,” he said. “The bye week came at a really good time for him this season, and I think that after he recovers from the injury bug, we will see him back to 100% and making plays for us again.”