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Highlights: Merril Hoge played fullback for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers from 1987-1993 and later worked as an NFL analyst for ESPN. He played college football at Idaho State.

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Merril Hoge is a former NFL player who played from 1987-1994 with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-1993) and Chicago Bears (1994). During his time in Pittsburgh, Hoge served primarily as a fullback. He saw his first extended action in 1988, rushing 170 times for a total of 705 yards while scoring three touchdowns. That same season, he also caught 50 passes for 487 yards, a career-high on the receiving yards front. In 1989, he set a career-high with eight rushing td’s while later in 1990, he rushed for a career-best 772 yards. Hoge in 1991 started all 16 games for the Steelers, rushing for 610 yards on 165 carries while also catching 49 passes for a total of 379 yards. Hoge joined the Chicago Bears in 1994 before retiring later that season due to multiple concussions.

Hoge played college football at Idaho State and was a 10th round pick in 1987 by the Steelers. While at Idaho State, Hoge was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection. From 1996-2017, he worked for ESPN as an NFL analyst. Off the football field and away from the broadcasting studio, Hoge has been active in philanthropic endeavors, serving as a board of directors member for the Highmark Caring Foundation and hosting the charitable Hoge-Bruener-Ward Golf Classic for a number of years. In 2003, Hoge was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Video shows Merril Hoge discussing Jets QB's Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in 2012 as they fail to score a touchdown, combining for two interceptions and four sacks in 17-12 loss to Panthers. watch ESPN analyst Merril Hoge compare the qualities of QB standouts Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
Merril Hoge and LeVeon Bell
Merril Hoge Announces Michigan State Running Back LeVeon Bell as Pittsburgh Steelers 2nd Round Draft Pick

Merril Hoge, a retired running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a current ESPN NFL analyst, announced Michigan State running back LeVeon Bell as the Steelers 2nd round pick in this past weekends NFL draft. ESPN NFL analyst and former Steelers running back Merril Hoge announced Michigan State ru ... read more