Ryan Hoag

Ryan Hoag

Infobox NFLactive

name=Ryan Hoag
currentpositionplain=Wide receiver
birthdate=birth date and age|1979|11|23
birthplace=Minneapolis, Minnesota
debutteam=Minnesota Vikings
college=Gustavus Adolphus
* Oakland Raiders (2003)*
* New York Giants (2003-2004)*
* Minnesota Vikings (2004)
* Washington Redskins (2006-2007)*
* Edmonton Eskimos (2007)*
* Jacksonville Jaguars (2008)*:*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
* 2x First-team All-MIAC (2001-2002)
* Lowsman Trophy (2003)

Ryan Hoag (born November 23, 1979 in city-state|Minneapolis|Minnesota) is an American football wide receiver who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League on August 30, 2008, when the team trimmed its roster to 53 players. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the final pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played college football at Gustavus Adolphus.

Hoag has also been a member of the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Edmonton Eskimos. However, he has yet to play in a regular-season NFL game.

Early years

Hoag attended Washburn High School. Hoag lettered in football, track, soccer, and tennis at and was twice named all-conference and team captain in tennis, as well as an All-conference honoree in soccer.

College career

He began his college career as a walk-on soccer player at Wake Forest University.

He attended Division III Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He left Gustavus with 144 receptions for 2,232 yards (15.5 average) and 29 TDs. He was the only Gustavus player with over 2,000 career receiving yards and was an All-MIAC 1st-team selection as a junior and senior as well as being named Gustavus Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. He caught 56 passes for 808 yards (14.4 avg.) and 10 touchdowns as a senior, and also returned 13 kickoffs for 397 yards (30.5 avg.). He set a school record with 13 catches for 175 yards, and achieving 313 total yards (175 receiving, 122 kickoff return, 4 punt return and 12 rushing). As a junior, Hoag pulled in 54 passes for 876 yards (16.2 avg.) and set a Gustavus record with 14 touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 548 yards (16.1 avg.) and 5 touchdowns as a sophomore.

He took 3rd at 2002 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.51 and 4th at the 2003 Indoor Championships in the 55-meter dash at 6.45.

Professional career

New York Giants

Hoag signed to the New York Giants’ practice squad on November 19, 2003 and was released by New York on May 20, 2004.

Minnesota Vikings

Hoag was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on June 24, 2004 and spent three weeks of the 2004 season on the active roster in Minnesota, but was not activated for any of those three games. He spent the other 14 weeks on the practice squad before being released on September 3, 2005. He signed a third time on April 5, 2006 and was finally released by Minnesota on September 2, 2006.

Washington Redskins

Hoag was signed by Washington to the practice squad on November 22, 2006 and released by Washington on November 28, 2006. Hoag re-signed to the Redskins’ practice squad on December 27, 2006 and was commissioned to the Berlin Thunder of the now defunct NFL Europa league where his playing opportunities were scarce.

In 2007, Hoag spent training camp with the Redskins. He was rumored to be a contender for the final 53-man roster, but was released on September 1 as part of the team's final roster cuts.

Edmonton Eskimos

On September 11, 2007, Hoag signed a practice roster agreement with the Edmonton Eskimos of Canadian Football League. On October 3, 2007 he was released from their practice squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On July 25, 2008, Hoag was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In two preseason games, Hoag caught five passes for 98 yards, including a 53-yard reception in Jacksonville's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins. He was released by the Jaguars on August 30, 2008, when the team made their final cuts.

The Bachelorette

Hoag was a contestant on season four the ABC reality television dating show "The Bachelorette", which premiered May 19. 2008. [ [http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/bachelorette-star-deanna-pappas-narrows-field-15-bachelors-7134.php Reality TV World: "'Bachelorette' star DeAnna Pappas narrows the field to 15 bachelors", by Christopher Rocchio, May 20, 2008] ] On the debut episode, he said he was virgin, explaining, "Christianity is first and foremost in my life. [...] I don't have sex. I'm not going to do that until I'm married. So I have wondered about DeAnna in terms of how she'll deal with the fact that I'm a virgin. I don't know how she'll deal with the fact that I hold faith as the number one thing in my life". ["The Bachelorette", May 19, 2008, via [http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/05/20/former-mr-irrelevant-ryan-hoag-professes-his-virginity-on-the/ Sports.AOL.com: "Former Mr. Irrelevant Ryan Hoag Professes His Virginity on 'The Bachelorette'", by Michael David Smith, May 20, 2008] ] On the May 26th episode, Hoag was eliminated when he did not receive a rose.


External links

* [http://www.jaguars.com/Team/Player.aspx?id=2817 Jacksonville Jaguars bio]
* [http://www.redskins.com/team/profile.jsp?id=3900 Washington Redskins bio]

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