Stephen Hodge (American football)

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Stephen Hodge
No. 55
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-07-17) July 17, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Tatum, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Tatum (TX)
College: TCU
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Stephen Hodge (born July 17, 1987) is an American football coach, a former player]. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Texas Christian University.

Early years[edit]

Hodge attended Tatum High School where he practiced football, baseball and basketball. In football he played quarterback, defensive back and punter. As a junior, he earned district MVP honors by passing over 1,600 yards, rushing over 2,000 yards and scoring a combined 45 touchdowns. In his last year he repeated as MVP by passing for 1,471 yards, rushing for 1,561 yards and scoring a combined 39 touchdowns.

He accepted a scholarship to play college football for Texas Christian University. As a sophomore, he was already being considered a special teams standout. The next year he was named the starter at safety for the last 5 games of the season and led the nation in sacks by a defensive back (8).[1]

In his last year he was a 13-game starter at strong safety, which in the 4-2-5 defense was more of a hybrid safety/linebacker position. He finished with 81 tackles and All-Mountain West Conference honors.

Professional career[edit]

Hodge was selected in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, with the intention of developing him into a difference maker in special teams. He was moved to linebacker and during organized team activities it was determined that he required a scope procedure in his left knee, which turned into a microfracture surgery that placed him on the injured reserve list.[2]

During his rehab treatment it was diagnosed that he needed to undergo microfracture surgery again, this time on the right knee and was placed on the injured reserve list.[3] He was waived injured on November 11, 2010.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eyeing an interception". TCU Magazine. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  2. ^ "Cowboys cut veteran safety Pat Watkins". ESPN. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Hodge out for the season". ESPN. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Hodge reaches injury settlement". ESPN. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 

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