New England Patriots

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 16: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots reacts after a 63 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

“Did you know Chris Hogan played lacrosse” was a popular piece of tongue-in-cheek analysis among NFL fans during the receiver’s NFL career. Now, that factoid can no longer be given in past tense.

As first reported by Adam Schefter, and later confirmed by Hogan himself on Twitter, the 33-year-old will transitioning back to lacrosse after eight seasons in the NFL. Hogan signed a deal with the PLL, Paul Rabil’s touring lacrosse league. He’ll be eligible for the league’s draft next month.

Unlike most North American sports leagues, the PLL in centrally owned, with the teams having no geographical affiliation. Players sign directly with the league, then are drafted. The teams are represented just by mascots, and instead of having home stadiums the league tours as a whole from city to city.

The PLL will be Hogan’s first lacrosse action since his junior year at Penn State in 2009. In three seasons as a midfielder for the Nittany Lions, Hogan totaled 57 goals, 14 assists, and 71 points in 43 games. He was a captain and two-time member of the All-ECAC team. In 2010, he transferred to Monmouth where he played one season of football before entering the NFL.

Hogan spent the prime of his football career with the Patriots, winning a pair of Super Bowls (LI, LIII). In his three seasons in New England from 2016-2018, he caught 107 passes1,651 yards and 12 touchdowns.

This isn’t the first Patriots link to the PLL. Gillette Stadium hosted the league’s opening weekend in 2019, and was slated to do so in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic. On top of that, noted lacrosse fan Bill Belichick has appeared on the league’s broadcasts, including a 10-minute spot during last year’s semifinal.

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