Former Bills receiver Chris Hogan declares for pro lacrosse draft

Hogan used to be a prominent lacrosse player in his college days at Penn State

Chris Hogan’s lacrosse career is well-documented with announcers referencing his past exploits as a Penn State lax standout seemingly every time he touches the football.

The dual-sport star has spent the last decade as an NFL wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets, though it’s no secret lacrosse was Hogan’s first love.

With Hogan’s NFL career winding down — he snatched just 14 catches for 118 scoreless yards with the Jets last season — might the 33-year-old consider returning to the sport he once dominated?

It’s a distinct possibility with Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting Hogan has declared for the PLL (Premier Lacrosse League) entry draft, which is scheduled for March 25. The eight-team Premier Lacrosse League debuted in 2019, eventually merging with what was once known as Major League Lacrosse.

Hogan, who began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent after playing one season of college football (he did so at FCS Monmouth University), hasn’t played lacrosse competitively since his senior year at Penn State in 2009. The two-time Super Bowl champion led the Nittany Lions with 29 goals that year, while also serving as team captain.

Nicknamed “7/11” (because he’s always open), Hogan has registered 216 career catches for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns across 100 NFL games. Arguably best-known for his postseason heroics, Hogan has racked up an additional 542 yards and four touchdowns in six playoff appearances with all of those coming with the Patriots.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hogan will be a free agent this offseason.

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