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Hoke Happy to be Staying a Steeler

Chris Hoke clearly didn’t want to play anywhere else, which is why it was nice the Black and Gold gave him a new deal on Thursday to keep him in Steel Town for likely the rest of his career. He spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and seemed thankful that the Steelers stepped up and gave him such a generous deal for a player that is not a starter.

“It would be fun to start, but the thought of going somewhere else — you might not mesh with the coaching staff or the players or the organization, and the next thing you know you’re out the door in a year or two,” Hoke said. “It might be more lucrative initially, but you might not enjoy it as much.”

The 31-year-old came to the Steelers back in 2001 as a rookie free agent from BYU. He has proved his worth playing when Casey Hampton went down and he stepped in to play 10 games in 2005. He also does a great job spelling Casey when he needs a break on the D-Line. “I feel like they respect what I do,” Hoke said. “They know I work hard, that I go about my business and that I try to make the team better. I wanted to stay here. I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I want to finish my career here.”

The deal to keep Hoke in black and gold was a 4-year-deal worth $6 million. He also gets a $1.5 mil signing bonus.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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