What was your welcome-to-the-NFL moment?
The first time I played the Packers as a rookie in 2000. I realized, This is the elite of the elite. I grew up in Cleveland watching the Browns-Steelers rivalry. But it doesn't have the magnitude of Vikings-Packers.
Most embarrassing moment?
Playing at Lambeau Field in a Sunday night game two years ago and getting beer and chew thrown on me.
Most treasured possession?
The statue of St. Jude [patron saint of hopeless causes] in my locker. I bring it with me to every game.
If I weren't in the NFL, I'd be ...
In the military, probably the Marines.
Hovan, whom an NFC scout calls "a big-time, try-hard guy" played nosetackle against the Packers and was in on three stops in Vikings' 34-31 loss.
Minnesota hosts Detroit, against whom Hovan had a career-high 21/2 sacks and a fumble recovery in a 2001 game.