Pittsburgh Tribune Steelers writer Mark Kaboly tweeted tonight Chris Hoke will retire. No formal announcement has been made, nor is there a timetable for such.
Hokie has had a good career playing behind long time friend and pro bowl Nose Tackle, Casey "Big Snack" Hampton. After the stinger that he suffered earlier in the year against Jacksonville, Hoke was unable to return for the remainder of the season. He underwent surgery in December with no timetable placed on a possible return at the time for next season.@MarkKaboly_Trib Chris Hoke has no intentions of playing anymore. Retirement is just a formality now. Not a bad career at all for Hokie. Nice guy as well.
The Steelers went 19-1 in the regular season whenever Hoke was forced to start, a record he took great pride in. He played with the Steelers from 2004-2011, on the active roster for 114 games. His presence was missed this year especially amidst all the injuries the Steelers defensive line suffered. Hokie was just a great, down home, bring your lunch pale to work kind of player. Just what you look for in a Steeler.