Tommy Hodson

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Tommy Hodson
No. 13, 14
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-01-28) January 28, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth: Mathews, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Central Lafourche (LA)
College: LSU
NFL draft: 1990 / Round: 3 / Pick: 59
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Thomas Paul Hodson (born January 28, 1967) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the LSU Tigers of Louisiana State University, where he holds several school passing records.

Early life[edit]

Hodson was born Mathews, Louisiana in Lafourche Parish. He played quarterback at Central Lafourche High School, where he passed for 4,361 yards and 36 touchdowns. He also played basketball, averaging 27.4 points per game.

College[edit]

In 1986, Hodson went to Louisiana State University (LSU). As quarterback for LSU's football team, Hodson led LSU to two SEC Championships, first as a freshman (1986) and then as a junior (1988). During his 44 regular season games at LSU (1986–1989), Hodson passed for 9,115 yards and 69 touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in SEC history to surpass 8,000 career passing yards, and the first quarterback in SEC history to surpass 60 career passing touchdowns. Hodson passed for over 2,000 yards during each of his four seasons at LSU, becoming the third player in NCAA history to achieve that feat. During his freshman season, Hodson was voted to the first team All-SEC Team, becoming the first LSU quarterback to be awarded that honor since the legendary Bert Jones (first team All-SEC Team, 1972). Hodson was selected to the first team of the All-SEC Team during each of his four seasons at LSU, the only player in school history to achieve that feat.

During Hodson's freshman season (1986), he led LSU to its first AP Top 10 finish since 1970 and its first SEC Championship since 1970. In Hodson's first game, he led #14 LSU to a 35-17 victory over #7 Texas A&M. Later in the season, Hodson led #18 LSU to a 14–10 victory at #6 Alabama.

During Hodson's sophomore season (1987), he led LSU to its first AP Top 5 finish since 1961. Major victories included #6 LSU's 17–3 victory at #15 Texas A&M, #9 LSU's 34–9 victory at Tennessee (LSU's first win ever at Neyland Stadium), #4 LSU's 13–13 tie with #7 Ohio State, #7 LSU's 13–10 victory over #19 Florida, #7 LSU's 26–23 victory at #16 Georgia, and #7 LSU's 30–13 victory over #8 South Carolina in the Gator Bowl.

During Hodson's junior season (1988), he led LSU to another SEC Championship, and a #19 finish in the AP Poll. Major victories included #18 LSU's 27–0 victory over #10 Texas A&M, LSU's 7–6 victory over #4 Auburn (the famous Earthquake Game), and #13 LSU's 19–18 victory at #18 Alabama.

College passing statistics* [1]
Season Team G Cmp Att Pct Yds Yds/Att TD Int Rating
1986 LSU 11 175† 288† 60.8 2,261† 7.9 19† 8 142.9†
1987 LSU 11 162 265 61.1 2,125† 8.0 15 9 140.4
1988 LSU 11 154 293 52.6 2,074 7.1 13† 12 118.5
1989 LSU 11 183 317 57.7 2,655† 8.4† 22† 12 143.4†
Career LSU 44 647 1,163 58.0 9,115 7.8 69 41 136.3

*Does not include bowl games.

†Led SEC

NFL[edit]

Hodson was selected 59th overall in the 1990 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He started the last 6 games of his rookie season, passing for 968 yards. However, during Hodson's next two seasons with the Patriots, he was only allowed 68 passing attempts in 1991 and 91 passing attempts in 1992. From 1993 to 1996, Hodson served as a back-up for the Miami Dolphins, the Dallas Cowboys, and the New Orleans Saints, but saw no playing time except for 5 passing attempts in 1995 for the Saints.[2]

NFL passing statistics
Year Team Games Cmp Att Pct Yards Yds/Cmp TD Long Int Fumbles Rating
1990 NE 7 85 156 54.5 968 6.21 4 56 5 0 68.5
1991 NE 16 36 68 52.9 345 5.07 1 32 4 2 47.7
1992 NE 9 50 91 54.9 496 5.45 2 54 2 1 68.8
1995 NO 4 3 5 60.0 14 2.80 0 9 0 0 64.6
Career 36 174 320 54.4 1,823 5.70 7 56 11 3 64.1

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Later life[edit]

On February 2, 2005, The Boston Globe wrote a feature on Hodson. In the article, the Globe quotes Hodson as saying: "Although I didn’t have great success as a professional I played six years and it was a great honor to play in the NFL. I am grateful I was able to play six years.” The Globe reported that Hodson lives in Baton Rouge with his wife and his 10-year-old identical twin daughters, and quoted Hodson as saying that he lives in Baton Rouge because he has "fond memories" at LSU and because it is "a good place to raise a family.”[4]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/tommy-hodson-1.html
  2. ^ "Tom Hodson NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tom Hodson Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "A Louisiana legend: Catching up with Tommy Hodson". Jon Goode, Boston.com. 2005-02-02. Retrieved 21 November 2006.