Bill Anderson, Hope Hines and Vince Gill at Hope's retirement party at Vanderbilt University.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After decades of service in the NewsChannel 5 Sports Department, Hope Hines is retiring. Thursday night, friends gathered at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym to celebrate some moments of Hope.
He was surrounded by some friends and family in the community, and even a few notable sports icons stopped by to say their fare wells.
Here's what some had to say about the last 40 years of working with Hope.
"Hope would ask me some tough questions when things weren't going so well. I always appreciated and respected Hope. Because I know he's straight forward. I know he wasn't going to try and hit me below the belt. He's asked me questions at times that I regretted that I answered his question, but he some way could get things out of me, and I should have kept my mouth shut," said former UT Football Coach Johnny Majors laughing.
"He followed me into Nascar, and I ran into him in Riverside, California one time, and so our paths have constantly crossed, and I think that's a God thing. He put Hope in my life because Hope is a good inspiration for me, a good role model for me, and he has been for a lot of people," said Nascar Legend, Darrell Waltrip.