From Hitmen to Hog

The Red Menace's First Family of Football invites us to celebrate their son Erik's special day!

 It seems like just yesterday that we had the pleasure of meeting Rick and Vicki Cook and their two sons. Ryan a former walk-on was starting to really make a name for himself on the Lobo practice fields and it was a spring Cherry Silver game we were tailgating at when a young high school kid pulls up gets out of his car after throwing the discus for the Cibola Cougars. "This is our younger son Erik," said Vicki Cook. At the time in discussions with his parents they weren't sure he was going to play football in college or even try…

Check out the guns of this future NFL lineman!

Lobo fans are sure glad he did… We are also glad that Rick and Vicki kept the refrigerator (with a lock on) and the pantry loaded with food! As the older Cook Bros Career continued to take off as a Lobo and other Cherry Silver games we just kept seeing the "Little Cook" continue to bulk up and make a football name for himself at Cibola.

In 2004 Cook was at the Lobo football camp and he still looked tiny, but his brother was already an all-MWC candidate and we had heard that the younger Cook was going to walk on at New Mexico when he was done, but recruiting takes wild twists and turns and at the last minute Erik Cook was given a scholarship to continue to the Cook tradition at UNM as Erik became a member of "The Hitmen!"

Obviously Erik has had a wonderful career at New Mexico as he has been named a consensus all-MWC 1st team center and the 2009 Red Menace Fan Appreciation Award Winner!

We at always tried really hard here to make sure that we didn't do the "brother of…" As Erik always stood out on his own. The big man with a mischievous smile, he was all business on the football field, and took all the "brother of…" in stride. Erik was always proud of his older brother and always talked him up. I never saw him flinch or get upset when asked about "being the brother of…" One year I interviewed Erik and told asked him, "Can't you wait for the day they say Ryan? Yeah, you know Erik's brother!" Erik just laughed it off…

Well today was Erik Cook's day as the Washington Redskins of the National Football League selected Erik with the 22nd pick in the 7th round of the NFL draft! The entire Red Menace football staff was invited to Erik's Draft Party and it got down to the wire… We were waiting, when the name showed up on the TV screens and the joint erupted!

Then there was a hum and someone broke out the… Hail to the Redskins! Hail Victory! Braves on the warpath Fight for old D.C.!

Once again local NFL fans have to wait for one of their Lobos to be drafted by America's Team or as Erik says… "I know there are a lot of angry Dallas Cowboy fans around here."

 Click here to listen to the entire interview with Erik would like to thank and congratulate the entire Cook family for all the time and support they have given us at this decade. They truly are The Red Menace's "First Family of Football"

Erik and Vicki

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