Harry Hiestand makes two-hour trek every Friday to watch son play

SOUTH BEND (WNDU) - Week Four of Friday Night Football is just two days away.

St. Joe is coming off of a huge win in the Holy War over rival Marian in our spotlight game of last week. Chicago Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand was in attendance watching his son, Mark.

Hiestand, of course, is the former offensive line coach at Notre Dame and while he is in Chicago now and lives over two hours away, Hiestand makes sure he doesn't miss Mark's games on Fridays nights.

He even gets nervous just like every other parent watching.

"Like all parents you focus on your kid, but then when things don't go well, the ball bounces the wrong way, or an untimely penalty gets called, you just feel for them because you're so connected to it as a parent," Hiestand said. "When things don't go their way you really ache for them because you know how hard they're working at it, you know how important it is that they have success. When it's that close to you, it's hard not to be affected."

Hiestand says the NFL schedule allows him to come to most of Mark's games. He said he'll be there cheering the Indians on this Friday against New Prairie.