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Catching up with Tommy Hodson

It was a vastly different New England Patriots era when he played.

Tommy Hodson, a third-round draft pick, played quarterback for three seasons with the Patriots (1990-92). He came out of LSU as one of the college's all-time greatest quarterbacks and had high hopes with New England. “The Patriots weren’t nearly as good as they are now and it was a rebuilding stage,” said Hodson. “Initially I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to go to the Patriots, but I was honored to be a third-round pick.”

Hodson showed signs of what made him legendary at LSU with the Patriots, but never had a consistent opportunity to play an entire season. During his time with New England, Hodson played under Rod Rust in 1990 and Dick MacPherson in 1991 and 1992. The team struggled, going 1-15 under Rust and 6-10 and 2-14 under MacPherson, but despite the struggles Hodson enjoyed his time here.

“I loved it there and Boston is a great city,” said Hodson “I grew up in the south and love the south, but it was a great experience to be in the northeast because it’s a different culture, different climate and there is a lot of history. “I had some great teammates and had a great experience. I met a lot of nice people and unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of success when I was there.”

These days, Hodson, 38, resides in Baton Rouge, La., with his wife Andy and the two of them have 10-year-old identical twin daughters, Catherine and Christina.

“I was born and raised in south Louisiana along with my wife,” said Hodson. “We both went to school in LSU and decided to live in Baton Rouge because we both have fond memories going to LSU. We met a lot of people in the Baton Rouge community and it’s a good place to raise a family.”

Hodson has recently started a new career with his partner Jamie Howard, another former LSU quarterback. Together, they have created the JTH Agency. “We are a manufacturers rep and we rep a power industries transformer,” said Hodson. “We rep our product in the state of Louisiana and Arkansas. It seemed like a good opportunity and we are looking forward to growing the business.” Outside of work, Hodson loves to play golf and spend time watching his daughters play sports.

After being released by the Patriots, Hodson was picked up by the Miami Dolphins, where he spent half of the 1993 season and one week in1994. Hodson then played one more year in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1995). “Although I didn’t have great success as a professional I played six years and it was a great honor to play in the NFL,” said Hodson. “I am grateful I was able to play six years.”

As far as the current Patriots, Hodson has enjoyed watching them win two of the last three Super Bowls and feels they are the pick to win the Super Bowl once again this year over the Philadelphia Eagles. “Certainly it would be great if I could be on some of these Patriots teams now,” said Hodson. “I enjoy watching them and pull for them every week. I am a Patriots fan.” 

The Hodson File

NAME: Tommy Hodson 

BIRTHDAY: January 28, 1967 

RESIDES: Lockport, Louisiana 

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Lockport, Louisiana 

ENJOYS: Playing golf 

CURRENTLY: Recently started up his own agency (JTH Agency) with his partner Jamie Howard, another former LSU quarterback. They are a manufacturers rep and rep a power industries transformer in the states of Louisiana and Arkansas. 

CLAIM TO FAME: Hodson was a third round draft pick and played quarterback for three seasons (1990-92) for the New England Patriots.

DID YOU KNOW? Hodson is the all-time leader at LSU in passing yards (9,115), completions (674) and touchdowns (69). 

LAST TIME IN NEW ENGLAND: 2001 on business

GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER YOU PLAYED AGAINST: Lawrence Taylor 

GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER YOU PLAYED WITH: Dan Marino 

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE NEW ENGLAND SPORTS FANS: Tough 

FAVORITE THING ABOUT NEW ENGLAND: Newbury St. 

WOULD YOU EVER PARTICIPATE IN A REALITY TV SHOW: No 

IF YOU COULD CLONE ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE: Ronald Reagan 

IF YOU HAD ONE WISH, WHAT WOULD IT BE: Both of my daughters lead healthy lives 

EVER WALK THE FREEDOM TRAIL: No, I am embarrassed to say I did not 

CLAM CHOWDA OR LOBSTA: Lobster 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A BUBBLER (WATER FOUNTAIN) IS: No 

CANDLEPIN BOWLING OR BIG BALL BOWLING: Big Ball Bowling – I don’t know what Candlepin Bowling is 

DID YOU WATCH THE RED SOX WIN THE WORLD SERIES. IF YES, WHERE WERE YOU: Yes and I was at my house 

2005 PICK TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL: The Pats

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