A Louisiana legend
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 werent nearly as good as they are now and it was a rebuilding stage, said Hodson. Initially I wasnt 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 its 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 didnt 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 its 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 didnt 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.