Name: Stephen Hodge
College: Fordham University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 212, senior, linebacker
High School: Shawnee HS in Medford, N.J.
About Stephen Hodge: A tackling machine, Hodge has appeared in at least 11 games in each of first three seasons with the Rams. As a junior he led the nation among FCS schools in solo tackles with 94 and was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. A preseason All-American this year, the President of the Fordham Chapter is a legacy at Fordham as his older brother Chris played for the Rams from 2001-03. This would have been his third year as a starter for a Rams squad that won the Patriot League title in 2013 and earned an FCS postseason berth. A two-time member of the Patriot League academic honor roll, Hodge has missed all of this season with an injury.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
HODGE: Favorite experience that I enjoy most is ringing our victory bell after every home win. It is an awesome tradition.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
HODGE: My past teammates such as Andrew Milmore, Tom Fisher, and Vince Antinozzi informed me of their experience and how awesome the whole process was. I’ve been blessed with a lot and it feels good to give back.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
HODGE: Definitely beating Temple last year on a last-second play. I had about 200 people their because the game was in Philadelphia. Plus I got to play at Lincoln Financial Field, home of my favorite NFL team, the Eagles. It was sort of like a perfect storm. Oh yeah, my sister also got engaged that day, too. She kind of stole the spotlight.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
HODGE: Toughest team we have faced is probably Villanova. They have a great program. In our most recent series we are both undefeated at home.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
HODGE: My major is finance and I would like to think all those public speaking classes helped out in addressing my team. Probably not, though.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
HODGE: I don’t really have one. It was Luke Kuechly at Boston College. He’s a real hustle player and I respect that.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
HODGE: Well I already said Kuechly before I have to go with Jon Dorenbos. The magic man. Best long snapper in history.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
HODGE: Army’s Michie Stadium. The place is awesome. Although, the last experience I had there wasn’t too great.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
HODGE: Not feeling like I got ran over by a truck every Sunday after Saturday’s game.