The Hobson's love story starts with an east coast boy bumping into a west coast girl. A young Jennene Brestar was attending Eastern Washington University when she was approached by Adam Hobson, a Maine Black Bear and Air Force Captain who was new to the area.
“I graduated from UMaine in 1995 and my first duty station was in Spokane, Washington," says Adam. "She was a senior in college at the time. We met out one night, and here we are. The rest is history.”
Adam and Jennene were married on the Air Force base in Spokane less than a year later. They eventually moved to Maine where they are raising their son and daughter.
Now, two decades later, the UMaine football team is bringing them back to where it all began. The Hobsons are big football fans, and when they heard which team the Black Bears are facing in the final four, they felt like it was meant to be.
“They said Eastern Washington University and I was like, 'What? Is that true?' Never in the school’s histories have they ever played each other," says Adam. "The next day I said, 'You know what? Never has this happened, and it may never happen again. Let’s go back.'”
The couple is returning to the EWU campus for the first time since their fateful meeting. Adam will be wearing blue and cheering on his Black Bears, but former Eagle Jennene is still unsure. Her daughter now attends UMaine, but Jennene is having a hard time going against her Alma Mater.
“I haven’t decided who I am going to root for. It’s a little tough," says Jennene. "We’ll see. It’s going to be a game day decision!”
Regardless, the couple is happy to be a part of this special moment in Black Bear football history. They're enjoying taking a walk down memory lane while Maine makes a run at its first national title.