Stephen Hodge (American football)

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Stephen Hodge
No. 55
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-17) July 17, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Tatum, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Tatum (TX)
College: TCU
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
 As coach:
  • Rusk High School (2013)
    (Defensive assistant)
  • Granbury High School (2014-present)
    (Defensive coordinator)
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-MWC (2007)
  • All-MWC (2008)
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Stephen Hodge (born July 17, 1987 in Tatum, Texas) is a former American football linebacker and current high school football coach. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Christian University (TCU).

Early years[edit]

Hodge attended Tatum High School where he played quarterback, defensive back and punter. In three seasons he passed for nearly 4,500 yards and 48 touchdowns, while rushing for over 4,000 yards and 51 touchdowns. He also lettered in basketball and baseball.

He accepted a scholarship from Texas Christian University and became a starter at strong safety until the middle of his junior season, finishing with a nation-leading eight sacks for defensive backs.[1] During his senior season, he compiled 81 tackles, receiving first team all-MWC honors. He played in a 4-2-5 base defense.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Hodge was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, with the intention of developing him into a difference maker in the special teams units. He was switched to inside linebacker, but injured his left knee during organized team activities and had microfracture surgery on June 16. He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 5, 2009.

After starting the 2010 season on the PUP list, he needed microfracture surgery on his right knee.[2] He was released with an injury settlement on November 11, 2010.[3]

Coaching Career[edit]

Hodge is currently the defensive coordinator for Granbury (Texas) High School.[4] He previously was an assistant defensive coach at Rusk High School (Texas).[5]

Personal[edit]

He is a distant relative of Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith—Smith's sister is also the stepsister of Hodge's mother.[6] His brother Anthony played at Baylor while David Overstreet, another family member, played at Oklahoma.

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