Hohensee's father, Mike, started two career games – both victories – at quarterback for the Bears in 1987. Later on, he coached the Chicago Rush in the Arena Football League from 2001-10.
Back in 1987, the then-Pittsburgh Gladiators' quarterback was in the newly-formed AFL, and Hohensee was actually in offseason mode bartending when his agent called to tell him the Bears were interested in his services with the NFL strike looming.
Hohensee made the most of his opportunity, throwing for 343 career yards with four touchdowns and one interception as a Bear. There are some similarities between father and son's paths.
As a junior for North, the younger Hohensee played sparingly – throwing for 14 total attempts in 2016, but then starred when his number was called upon to the starting lineup the next season.
Hohensee led the North Stars to the second round of the playoffs, and an Upstate Eight River title in his final campaign. He threw for 2,325 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. Hohensee also earned a 7A All-State recognition.
Like father, like son – 30 years later – they were able to take Soldier Field together leading up to the game.
"For my son to be honored today by the team that I had a chance to play for – the only NFL team I had a chance to play for – this is something [we'll] share for the rest of our [lives]," Hohensee said.
"It's an honor," the younger Hohensee said on the recognition. "It's really cool knowing that he's played here. It's a great experience and reflects the whole St. Charles North football program."
Hohensee is still juggling collegiate options. This week he was offered his first Division I potential opportunity at Valparaiso University. He'll hopefully make his final decision in January, but doesn't feel the weight of the significance his last name carries.
"I love playing quarterback, [and] I love the sport of football. It's in my blood," Hohensee said.