by Rob Tetro
A key figure to the Syracuse Shock offensive line is man of different personalities.
On the field, he is identified as offensive lineman Jamie Hantke. In the workplace, Hantke is known as Big Smoothie, a radio personality for 95X in Syracuse.
Hantke began playing football when he was a freshman in high school. Hantke is a 1997 Corcoran High School graduate. While attending Cayuga Community College, Hantke also took part in a year of football at the junior college level.
Growing up, Hantke looked up to Lawrence Taylor and the New York Giants. Soon, he found himself as a true student of the game. Once established as a linemen, Hantke studied the activity of the linemen he saw on television every Sunday.
One of the memorable moments Hantke has is an experience that every football team hopes for: postseason play in the Carrier Dome.
He remembers what it was like to walk out of the tunnel and look up and see the roof of the dome. “At first you are in awe then once you score a touchdown and the place goes nuts, its just awesome.” Hantke said.
Another memorable moment is perhaps his most exhilarating to date.
Hantke was a member of the 2004 CNY Express football team. That season, the Express took on the Glens Falls Green Jackets in an epic match-up on a foggy night in front of a ruckus crowd.
Hantke’s team did came through when it needed to in order to win that classic back and forth game.
Next up for the Express was a game against the Brooklyn Mariners. For most of his team, playing Brooklyn was their first exposure to National Style Competition at the semi-pro level.
The Express defeated Brooklyn in dramatic fashion after scoring during the game’s final moments. With the win, the Express went on to play the Detroit Seminoles for the national championship.
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