Turn Back the Clock: Hollis Dukes

By KBJR News 1

May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 10:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Hollis Dukes is the definition of a journeyman.

In only his sixth year of semi-professional football, Dukes has played for four teams here in the Northland: the Superior Stampede, the Duluth-Superior Shoremen, the Iron Range Hitmen, and now, the Lake Superior Rage.

"I love this sport," Dukes said. "From when I was little, we were always taught that if you have the passion for something and the talent for it, go for it. That's what I'm trying to do, and I'm going to play until I can't play anymore."

The day Dukes hangs 'em up looks to be a long ways off when you listen to his new head coach, Matt Krivinchuk.

"He's a special player," Krivinchuk said. "He's got special talents. He can play anywhere, and we can put him anywhere, any position. He's got a great attitude. He's a great leader, and he's exciting to watch."

Fans this season will watch him in a new uniform, that of the Lake Superior Rage.

Dukes said the guys are wearing new colors, but it's all the same underneath.

"We've come together and it's a big brotherhood," Dukes said. "We all love this sport, and we're here to do the same for each other."

Even with the on-field contributions of Dukes, Coach Krivinchuk says his most valuable asset may be his time spent playing ball in the Northland.

"His experience being around the area brings talent to us," Krivinchuk said. "Guys like him, want to be with him, and go where he goes."

For more information on the team, visit the Lake Superior Rage web site, or that of the Northern Elite Football League.

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com