CHAMPAIGN, IL. (WAND-TV) -- Back on Earth for about five months after spending the previous five in space, current NASA astronaut and former Illini football player Mike Hopkins got to experience an Illini win this past weekend.
The 1991 graduate of the University of Illinois and current Colonel in the U.S. Space Force came back to Champaign to be an honorary captain for the football team in its battle against Charlotte.
Before that, he was given a tour of the campus and got to speak to the football team regarding a variety of topics.
WAND Sports Anchor Evan Abramson chatted with Hopkins before Saturday's contest. Here is part of that conversation.