Hood with the Washington Redskins in 2016
|No. 90 – Washington Redskins|
February 16, 1987|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||305 lb (138 kg)|
|High school:||Amarillo (TX) Palo Duro|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Evander "Ziggy" Hood (born February 16, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He played college football at Missouri, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Hood has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
Hood attended Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track. 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 and 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.
Hood played college football at the University of Missouri. 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.
He was selected in the first round, 32nd overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft. He moved to defensive end in the Steelers' 3–4 defense, and served as a rotational back-up in his rookie year. Hood recorded both his first sack and first recovered fumble against the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009.
Hood was named by his father after former professional boxer Evander Holyfield, who his father was a fan of. He is of half Mexican ancestry, and as a child, his Mexican grandmother could not correctly pronounce Evander, so she started calling him by her favorite cartoon character, Ziggy.
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