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Scott Taetsch/Getty Images Quarterback Devlin Hodges of the Pittsburgh Steelers before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 29, 2019.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges moved north to the CFL only seven months ago, signing a three-year deal with the Ottawa Redblacks after being released by the Los Angeles Rams. Hodges’ professional football career, however, came to an end on Friday, April 22, when the Redblacks announced his retirement through a statement on the team’s official website.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to the REDBLACKS for bringing me to Ottawa and for providing me with this chance.” I have a newfound admiration for the CFL and its supporters, especially RNation! “I’m eager to see what the future holds, but I know the next chapter in my life is going to be exciting,” said Hodges, who had several appearances but just one start with the Redblacks last season.
As a result, according to the CFL’s official website, his contributions were limited to 139 yards passing and 38 yards rushing, hardly enough to spark the kind of Duck Mania that swept Pittsburgh during the 2019 season, when injuries to starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Mason Rudolph forced Hodges into action.
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Devlin Hodges’ Surprising NFL Career
Hodges went on to play better than anybody could have expected, particularly since he went undrafted and unsigned after graduating from Samford University. (After impressing during a rookie minicamp tryout, he was offered $1,000 to join the Steelers.)
According to Pro Football Reference, Hodges won three of his six starts while completing 100 of 160 passes for 1,063 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He finished his NFL career with a 71.4 passer rating. He did manage to defeat two previous No. 1 overall quarterbacks, Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals and Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns, in back-to-back games.
In early 2021, Hodges signed a one-year Reserve/Futures deal with the Rams after spending the whole 2020 season on Pittsburgh’s practice squad. After being released by the Los Angeles Rams in August of last year, he had trials with the New York Giants and New England Patriots but went unsigned, prompting him to join the Redblacks, where he donned No. 7 in honor of Roethlisberger.
Hodges has just started a duck hunting podcast.
There’s no news yet on what Devlin Hodges intends to do next. Never mind that he seems to be a perfect match for the USFL, particularly considering his Alabama roots and collegiate football experience in Birmingham. However, he has started at least one new business, a duck hunting podcast, which debuted in March.
“On this podcast, you can anticipate a lot of fun. During episode 1, Hodges said, “We’re going to bring a lot of information – attempt to make everyone a better hunter.”
Notably, the introduction of The Duck Hodges Podcast triggered a Twitter fight with Pittsburgh sports figure Mark Madden, who claimed that Duck is “the worst quarterback in Steelers history,” which is extremely controversial. Madden called the podcast “amateur-hour faux celebrity crap” and rejected it out of hand.
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