Sunday was a special day for Michigan’s Austin Hatch, who was honored during the team’s senior day festivities.
After the Wolverines 74-62 win over Ohio State, Hatch addressed the Crisler Center crowd and thanked them for the support.
Here’s the video and some bits of what he said:
“They say the ultimate measure of a man is how he treats a man who could never repay him.” – Austin Hatch, addressing the crowd here at Crisler pic.twitter.com/t0tzSEmiA9
— Max Marcovitch (@Max_Marcovitch) February 18, 2018
Hatch expressed gratitude to the crowd, his friends and family in attendance, and to his coaches and teammates.
“Obviously a unique situation, a tough situation, but I wouldn’t change anything about my four years here and that all comes back to you guys,” Hatch said.
“They always say the ultimate measure of a man is how he treats someone who can’t repay him… I’ll never be able to repay coach Beilein and the staff and everyone, but I’m extremely grateful and I’ve done my very best to show my appreciation.”
Hatch has survived two plane crashes in his life. The first, in 2003, killed his mother and two siblings. In 2011, after he committed to Michigan, another crash took the lives of his father and stepmother in 2011.
In the second crash, he was badly injured but Wolverines coach John Beilein kept his scholarship offer on the table. Hatch appeared in 5 games during the 2014-15 season, then left the Wolverines roster and served as a student assistant.