Chris Hoke

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Christopher L. Hoke is a former professional football defensive lineman. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent after the 2001 NFL Draft. He played for the Steelers his entire eleven-year career, which included two Super Bowl wins (XL and XLIII) and played in a third. He retired in January 2012.

When asked “What is the football accomplishment you are proudest of?” he responded, "Staying true to myself for 11 years. There are so many directions you can go in as a professional athlete, so many influences to do this or that. I came in as the individual I still am today. A family man. A man who loves his wife, his children. I am a religious man. Sometimes those things don't mix in the professional world. That I was able to stay true to myself, my family and my God, that is my biggest accomplishment.”[1]

In 2015, he became the Steelers post-game analyst on KDKA-TV. He now manages Rivendale Farms.

Hoke was born on April 6, 1976, in Long Beach, California. During high school he won three varsity letters each in football and track and field. In football, he was a three-time All-League honoree, a two-time All-CIF honoree, and a two-time All-County honoree. As a senior, he was also named the League Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead his team to the CIF quarterfinals. In track and field, he was a three-time League Champion, and a three-time CIF Meet participant.

He played football for Brigham Young University and majored in communications.

Hoke is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary in Belgium and France. In February 2020, he began his service as president of the Pittsburgh North Stake.