"Hoganmania" Helps Punch Pats Ticket to Houston
Growing up in my hometown of Wyckoff, New Jersey, Chris Hogan may have never believed you if you told him in High School that one day, he would be playing in the Super Bowl.
At Ramapo High School, Hogan shined as a football and lacrosse star. A State champion and 1st team All-state football player, Chris was named to 1st team All-state his junior and senior years in lacrosse as well. Additionally, he won the 2006 Midfielder of the Year Award and was named to the Under Armor All-American team for lacrosse.
So for Chris, football took a backseat when he committed to play lacrosse at Penn State.
In College, Chris played 3 years of lacrosse at Penn State prior to transferring to Monmouth. After Hogan’s transfer, he decided to play a year of football at Monmouth. Once the New Jersey native had graduated, the 49ers signed Chris as an undrafted free agent. He was cut just a few weeks into his stint in San Francisco but given an opportunity with the Giants’ practice squad later on that year, where Hogan was again cut.
Without a second thought about giving it up, Chris tried and failed to play for 2 different NFL teams. The Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills, and Chris would go on to spend 3 seasons in Buffalo (2012-2015).
This summer, the 28-year-old was signed by the New England Patriots, where he knew he would have the chance to succeed, especially with some guy named Tom Brady throwing him the football any given Sunday. In last night’s AFC Championship game, Hogan tallied a franchise record for passing yards in a playoff game with an electrifying stat line of 9 rec, 180 yds, and 2TDs. When was the last time Hogan had a multi-TD game? You’d have to go back to the 2003 State Championship game when he was just 16-years old. In fact, in Sunday’s game, Hogan nearly trumped every receiving statistic he posted in college: 12 rec, 147 yds, 3TDs.
An undoubtedly incredible journey from the practice squad to the Super Bowl, Chris Hogan exemplifies the ultimate underdog story. After his game-changing performance to send New England to the Super Bowl on Sunday, he showed his chemistry with Tom Brady, as well as his big-play ability downfield. Expect Atlanta’s defensive coordinator Richard Smith to have his hands full come February 5th.