Report: Chris Hoke Expected To Retire

Not a huge surprise by any measure, but there are multiple reports tonight via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers backup nose tackle Chris Hoke has no intentions of playing anymore and that retirement is just a formality now. There is no time table set for him to officially make his announcement. Hoke was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001 out of Brigham Young.

Hoke dressed for 114 games during his time with the Steelers and started 18 regular season games in total. He is credited with 83 career tackles and 2 sacks during his time in the black and gold. During his 18 regular season starts the Steelers went 17-1. He also was part of two Super Bowl champion teams.

Hoke was an unrestricted free agent following the 2010 season, but signed a one year deal before training camp to return for 2011. He suffered a neck stinger against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 6 and it eventually required neck surgery in December. He was placed on injured reserve in early December after dressing for just 6 games this season.

  • LJ

    Gonna miss Hoke, every snap he filled in for Big Snack, the production didn’t drop off, Hoke was unsung hero, a true steeler. I hope Hoke finds successful post NFL career.

  • Pete

    Hokie could’ve started on most any other team. Great player to have in reserve if Hampton went down. Good luck to ya and thanks for all your years in the black and gold.

  • Hanging Chad

    Great guy, great career! I still have the little “Y” T-shirt he brought to the hospital when my son was born almost 13 years ago! Chris is a stand-up character, and I wish him and Jaimee the best in the next segment of their lives!


    Chris is a great guy. He has always been an unselfesh individual. When he returned to Tustin after one season he took the time out of his busy schudle to visit with my sons Pop Warner team and give them a motivational speach about staying in school and doing your best.