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Evander "Ziggy" Hood (born February 16, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Missouri, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Hood has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, and New Orleans Saints.

Ziggy Hood
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Hood with the Washington Redskins in 2016
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1987-02-16) February 16, 1987 (age 32)
Amarillo, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Amarillo (TX) Palo Duro
College:Missouri
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:231
Sacks:14.0
Pass deflections:11
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Hood attended Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track.[1] In high school football, he earned All-District honors his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, he made 76 tackles, including 5.0 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown. As a senior, he was named 3-4A Defensive Player of the Year after making 93 tackles, including 13.0 sacks, and scoring three defensive touchdowns.

In track and field, Hood was one of the states top performers in the throwing events. He got top-throws of 15.50 meters (50 ft 8in) in the shot put and 50.55 meters (165 ft 7in) in the discus throw.[2]

College careerEdit

Hood played college football at the University of Missouri.[1] During his college career, he played defensive tackle. He finished with 170 tackles (98 solos), 15.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback pressures. He also had five forced fumbles, recovering three.

Professional careerEdit

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

 
Hood with the Steelers in 2013

He was selected in the first round, 32nd overall, by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft.[3] He moved to defensive end in the Steelers' 3–4 defense, and served as a rotational back-up in his rookie year. Hood recorded both his first sack and first recovered fumble against the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009.

At the end of the 2010 season, Hood and the Steelers appeared in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers. He had one total tackle in the 31–25 loss.[4]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On March 13, 2014, Hood signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[5] The Jaguars released him on October 20, 2015.[6]

Chicago BearsEdit

On October 22, 2015, the Chicago Bears signed Hood following the release of Jeremiah Ratliff.[7] On December 15, 2015, he was waived.[8]

Washington RedskinsEdit

 
Hood with the Redskins in 2016

On February 2, 2016, Hood signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins.[9] Hood re-signed on March 15, 2017.[10]

On October 16, 2018, Hood was released by the Redskins.[11]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On October 30, 2018, Hood was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[12]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On July 24, 2019, Hood signed with the New Orleans Saints.[13] He was released on August 31, 2019.[14]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack FF FR Yards Int Yards Avg Long TD PD
2009 PIT 16 0 8 5 3 1.0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 2
2010 PIT 16 9 20 15 5 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 PIT 16 14 31 19 12 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 PIT 16 16 42 25 17 3.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
2013 PIT 16 7 39 26 13 3.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 JAX 16 0 24 17 7 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 CHI 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 WSH 16 14 33 17 16 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2017 WSH 15 13 25 13 12 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 WSH 5 0 3 2 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MIA 8 0 6 2 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career[15] 142 73 231 141 90 14.0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 11

Personal lifeEdit

Hood was named by his father after former professional boxer Evander Holyfield,of whom his father was a fan. He is of half Mexican ancestry. During his childhood, his Mexican grandmother could not correctly pronounce Evander, so she started calling him by the name of her favorite cartoon character, Ziggy.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ziggy Hood statistics". National Football League. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/evander-hood-6293/
  3. ^ "2009 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Sessler, Marc (March 13, 2014). "Ziggy Hood signs contract with Jacksonville Jaguars". NFL.com.
  6. ^ "Jaguars make roster moves". Jaguars.com. October 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Bears release Ratliff, ink Ziggy Hood". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bears promote Timu, waive Hood". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Keim, John (February 2, 2016). "Redskins look to bolster DL depth, sign veteran Ziggy Hood". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Czarda, Stephen (March 15, 2017). "Redskins Re-Sign Ziggy Hood And Vinston Painter". Redskins.com. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Keim, John (October 16, 2018). "Redskins release veteran defensive lineman Ziggy Hood". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  12. ^ Wolfe, Cameron (October 30, 2018). "Dolphins add to defensive line, sign veteran Ziggy Hood". ESPN.com.
  13. ^ Alper, Josh (July 24, 2019). "Saints sign Ziggy Hood". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  14. ^ "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ziggy Hood Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Kring-Schreifels, Jake. "How Evander 'Ziggy' Hood Got His Name". Redskins.com. Retrieved May 12, 2016.

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