After a nine-year NFL career, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan is returning to his athletic roots.
Hogan, who was a star lacrosse player in high school and at Penn State before making the jump to football, is starting the second act of his athletic career after signing with a Premier Lacrosse League team. He had announced last month that he was entering the draft, excited to start a new career at the age of 33.
“As many of you know, my roots are in lacrosse, and I’m excited to fight for a roster spot with the best in the world!” Hogan wrote on Twitter.
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Hogan Starts Career in Familiar Way
With his football days apparently behind him, Hogan will have a familiar start to his lacrosse career. As ESPN noted, Hogan had initially declared himself eligible for the PLL draft at the end of March, but was not picked. This week, the Cannons Lacrosse Club announced that it had signed Hogan as an undrafted free agent, just as the Bills did in 2011 after he was not selected in the NFL Draft that year.
Excited to welcome these men to Cannons LC! 💥💣 pic.twitter.com/Yuj1LZc9tI
— Cannons Lacrosse Club (@PLLCannons) March 31, 2021
Hogan was a decorated college lacrosse player, serving as captain at Penn State and leading the team with 29 goals his junior season. He earned all-ECAC honors that year, with his coach saying he was potentially the best midfielder in Division I.
As ESPN noted, Hogan already has connections to the league, investing in the PLL back in 2018. The league underwent a merger with Major League Lacrosse to create an eight-team league.
Hogan Planned Return to Lacrosse
Hogan was never far from lacrosse, even during his nine years in the NFL. As Boston.com noted, he kept a lacrosse stick in his locker while he played and in his “Monday Night Football” appearances introduced himself as a Penn State lacrosse player.
Hogan told Boston.com that his return to lacrosse was planned for a long time.
“I always had a vision of going back to lacrosse in some way, shape, or form,” Hogan said. “I had talked to the PLL about potentially making this a reality. …read more