Ziggy Hood

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Ziggy Hood
Ziggy Hood 96 coming off field 2013.jpg
No. 92 Jacksonville Jaguars
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-16) February 16, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Amarillo, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Amarillo (TX) Palo Duro
College: Missouri
NFL draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 163
Sacks: 12.5
Interceptions: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Evander "Ziggy" Hood (born February 16, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 32nd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri.

Early years[edit]

Hood attended Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track.[1] In high school football, he earned All-District honors his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, he made 76 tackles, including 5.0 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown. As a senior, he was named 3-4A Defensive Player of the Year after making 93 tackles, including 13.0 sacks, and scoring three defensive touchdowns.

In track & field, Hood was one of the states top performers in the throwing events. He got top-throws of 15.50 meters (50 ft 8in) in the shot put and 50.55 meters (165 ft 7in) in the discus throw.[2]

College career[edit]

Hood played college football at the University of Missouri.[1] During his college career, he played defensive tackle. He finished with 170 tackles (98 solos), 15.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback pressures. He also had five forced fumbles, recovering three.

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

He was selected 32nd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Hood in 2009

He moved to defensive end and served as a rotational back-up in his rookie year. Hood recorded both his first sack and his first recovered fumble against the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On March 13, 2014, Hood signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The contract is for four years worth $16 million, including $5.5 million guaranted[3]


As a child, his grandmother could not pronounce his name so they started calling him by their favorite cartoon character, Ziggy.[4]


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