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Merril Hoge

ESPN Football Analyst; Former Football Player & Cancer Survivor, Author of "Find a Way" and "Brainwashed"

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Merril Hoge Biography

Ever since Merril Hoge was eight-years-old, he dreamed of being a professional football player. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the goal seemed unrealistic. But Hoge didn’t just dream about this goal. From that young age, he used the words “Find A Way” to take action to overcome any obstacle and to attain any goal. Today, as he continues to strive towards his own goals, he also uses his Find A Way philosophy as a parenting tool, and challenges his children, Kori and Beau, to Find A Way to achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and take ownership of their lives.

As a graduate of Idaho State University with a degree in education and a minor in health and fitness, Hoge was a four-year football starter who set 44 school and conference records and two NCAA football records, one for most receptions by a back in a season and the other for most receptions by a back for a career and stood until recently when they were broken. In 1987, Hoge made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993 and led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back. Along with Franco Harris, he is one of only two Steelers players to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. He was the Steelers Iron Man of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989. In 1993, Hoge went to the Chicago Bears as a free agent, where he played for one year until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. At the time of his retirement, Hoge had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.

Hoge joined ESPN in 1995 as a football analyst and sideline reporter, where he quickly distinguished himself through his in-depth knowledge of the game and his strong relationships with the coaches and players in the National Football League. He has since served as a host and analyst for a wide variety of ESPN programs on television, radio and the Internet, including ESPN’s SportsCenter and NFL Live; Friday Football and Fantasy Insider on ESPN News; The NFL on ESPN Radio; and alongside Ron Jaworski on the highly acclaimed State Farm NFL Matchup, which is the only show that uses coaches’ tape to provide an inside look at the game. Hoge is also a regular contributor to ESPN.com and to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football and Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage.

In 2003, the habits and mindset that Hoge formulated throughout his childhood and carried into adulthood, helped him Find A Way to overcome the ultimate challenge – cancer. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on February 14, Hoge took on chemotherapy with the same tenacity that got him to the NFL and beat it. Through the difficult moments, Hoge found inspiration through his daughter Kori, then nine, who upon hearing the news, whispered, “Dad, find a way.” On July 2, 2003, Hoge was cancer-free. For all of his life accomplishments as an athlete and businessman, Hoge’s biggest impact can be felt within his family and community. A long-time Board Chairman of the Highmark Caring Foundation and Caring Place centers, which provide a place for grieving children, adolescents and their families to cope with the loss of a parent or loved one, Hoge’s vision is to help all children know their value and importance, helping them to grow up healthy and whole. For the last 12 years, alongside Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Hoge has hosted the Hoge Ward Celebrity Golf Classic for Children to raise funds and awareness for the programs of the Highmark Caring Foundation. Hoge loved playing in the NFL and loves working at ESPN but what he cherishes most is being a dad. He has used Find a Way philosophy to become a better parent and to challenge his kids to take ownership for their lives.

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Merril Hoge Biography

Ever since Merril Hoge was eight-years-old, he dreamed of being a professional football player. Growing up in a small town in Idaho, the goal seemed unrealistic. But Hoge didn’t just dream about this goal. From that young age, he used the words “Find A Way” to take action to overcome any obstacle and to attain any goal. Today, as he continues to strive towards his own goals, he also uses his Find A Way philosophy as a parenting tool, and challenges his children, Kori and Beau, to Find A Way to achieve their goals, overcome obstacles and take ownership of their lives.

As a graduate of Idaho State University with a degree in education and a minor in health and fitness, Hoge was a four-year football starter who set 44 school and conference records and two NCAA football records, one for most receptions by a back in a season and the other for most receptions by a back for a career and stood until recently when they were broken. In 1987, Hoge made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993 and led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back. Along with Franco Harris, he is one of only two Steelers players to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. He was the Steelers Iron Man of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989. In 1993, Hoge went to the Chicago Bears as a free agent, where he played for one year until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. At the time of his retirement, Hoge had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.

Hoge joined ESPN in 1995 as a football analyst and sideline reporter, where he quickly distinguished himself through his in-depth knowledge of the game and his strong relationships with the coaches and players in the National Football League. He has since served as a host and analyst for a wide variety of ESPN programs on television, radio and the Internet, including ESPN’s SportsCenter and NFL Live; Friday Football and Fantasy Insider on ESPN News; The NFL on ESPN Radio; and alongside Ron Jaworski on the highly acclaimed State Farm NFL Matchup, which is the only show that uses coaches’ tape to provide an inside look at the game. Hoge is also a regular contributor to ESPN.com and to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football and Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage.

In 2003, the habits and mindset that Hoge formulated throughout his childhood and carried into adulthood, helped him Find A Way to overcome the ultimate challenge – cancer. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on February 14, Hoge took on chemotherapy with the same tenacity that got him to the NFL and beat it. Through the difficult moments, Hoge found inspiration through his daughter Kori, then nine, who upon hearing the news, whispered, “Dad, find a way.” On July 2, 2003, Hoge was cancer-free. For all of his life accomplishments as an athlete and businessman, Hoge’s biggest impact can be felt within his family and community. A long-time Board Chairman of the Highmark Caring Foundation and Caring Place centers, which provide a place for grieving children, adolescents and their families to cope with the loss of a parent or loved one, Hoge’s vision is to help all children know their value and importance, helping them to grow up healthy and whole. For the last 12 years, alongside Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Hoge has hosted the Hoge Ward Celebrity Golf Classic for Children to raise funds and awareness for the programs of the Highmark Caring Foundation. Hoge loved playing in the NFL and loves working at ESPN but what he cherishes most is being a dad. He has used Find a Way philosophy to become a better parent and to challenge his kids to take ownership for their lives.

Merril Hoge Videos

  • Find A Way Football, Life, Birdies -Merril Hoge
    Being a rookie in the NFL is hard enough. Walking into the locker room for the Pittsburgh Steelers will add an element of intimidation that only a...
  • Merril Hoge - NFL Alumni – Cancer survivor - and how he Found a Way!
    Merril made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993. After his very successful...
  • Merril Hoge: Why This Former NFL Player is Challenging the Science of...
    Merril Hoge, former NFL running back and football analyst, discusses how his own experiences with concussions spurred him to research chronic...

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  • How to book Merril Hoge?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Merril Hoge for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Merril Hoge, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Merril Hoge or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Merril Hoge?

    Booking fees for Merril Hoge, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Merril Hoge, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Merril Hoge?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Merril Hoge for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Merril Hoge for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Merril Hoge or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Merril Hoge or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Merril Hoge is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Merril Hoge for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Merril Hoge generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Vince Papale, Ethan Zohn, Shannon Miller, Dan Marino and Mike Ditka. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Merril Hoge for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Merril Hoge Speaker Videos

  • Find A Way Football, Life, Birdies -Merril Hoge
    Being a rookie in the NFL is hard enough. Walking into the locker room for the Pittsburgh Steelers will add an element of intimidation that only a few will ever realize. This wasn’t the case for...
    Merril Hoge - NFL Alumni – Cancer survivor - and how he Found a Way!
    Merril made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993. After his very successful football career, he then became a broadcaster on ESPN....
  • Merril Hoge: Why This Former NFL Player is Challenging the Science of CTE
    Merril Hoge, former NFL running back and football analyst, discusses how his own experiences with concussions spurred him to research chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Merril Hoge, football...

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