One Boise State star earned serious accolades from sports publications across the country this week, capping things off on Monday night by being voted Pardon My Take’s Football Guy of the Week on Twitter.
Kohl, a Labrador retriever who fetches football tees for the Broncos, won the popular sports podcast’s weekly poll by a landslide. He took 60 percent of the 18,000-plus votes, with the closest competitor earning only 20 percent of the vote.
“Good boys always win,” one twitter user said in response to PMT’s poll.
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The 7-year-old black lab is no stranger to sports. Kohl not only fetches tees for the BSU football team, he’s also the Boise Hawks’ batboy — err, batdog. Kohl can shoot baskets, too.
It’s also not his first go-around in the limelight. Last October (Kohl’s first season retrieving tees), ESPN and CBS Sports covered his fetching skills, too.
“The ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and the cheers that Kohl gets is phenomenal. He’s like part of our team,” Hawks general manager Bob Flannery told the Statesman this summer.
Though some sports personalities said BSU is the only known college to use a tee-fetching dog, there are at least two more right here in Idaho. Border collies Bristol and Pokie fetch tees for the Bengals at Idaho State University.
“Pokie is the starter now — which makes Bristol VERY angry,” joked the dogs’ owner Caroline Faure. “But (Bristol) can still come to games and watch, which he absolutely adores. He's a football junkie... so focused on the game (and) knows EVERYTHING that is going on out there... and definitely knows which team is his.”