Hoke sustained his eventual season ending neck injury against Jacksonville in week 6. He is best friends with fellow NT Casey Hampton and was a mentor for Steve McLendon, also playing the same position. Near the end of the season it was assumed that he would more than likely retire after having the surgery and not being able to play or work with the team any longer.
You can tweet out your memories of Chris Hoke using the #HokeMemories hash tag. I’m sure Hokie will enjoy reading of all the great memories the fans have of seeing him play for the the Black & Gold.
I can personally remember watching him at training camp, he was always one of the first ones out onto the field. Watching jump on the sleds and just completely stand them up with ease time after time was enjoyable for me. He always had that “lunch bucket” attitude about him. Just come to work, do your job, support your team and move on to the next one.
Press release from the team’s website. Steelers’ nose tackle, Chris Hoke, has announced that he will retire after 11 seasons with Pittsburgh.
Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Brigham Young University in 2001, Hoke spent the last 11 seasons as one of the most reliable backups on the Steelers’ defense. In 2004, Hoke had his most successful season, recording 27 tackles and one sack. In Hoke’s 18 career starts during the regular season, the Steelers had a record of 17-1.
There will be more from Hoke on Thursday after he talks about his retirement.