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Chris Hovan
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Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-05-12) May 12, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Rocky River, Ohio[1]
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2000 2004)
 As coach:
* South Florida (S&C) (2011–2012)
Career highlights and awards
* Second Team All-Pro Selection (2002)
Total tackles     408
Sacks     22.0
Forced fumbles     2
Fumble recoveries     8
Stats at NFL.com

Christopher James Hovan (born May 12, 1978) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at Boston College, and was a National Football League (NFL) defensive tackle from 2000 to 2010. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of 2000 NFL Draft.

Hovan also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams.

Early yearsEdit

Hovan grew up in Rocky River, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. played his high school football at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. During his career he earned many honors and awards including an honorable mention All-American by USA Today, and All-City and All-State by The Plain Dealer. He finished his high school career with a school record 28 career sacks. He also played lacrosse, earning All-State recognition.

College careerEdit

Hovan played his college football at Boston College. As a senior, he was an All-American and was a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award. He also became the first player in Boston College history to be named All-Big East three times. He finished his career starting 43 of 45 games, recording 20.5 sacks.

Professional careerEdit

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Hovan was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 25th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. He would go on to play five years for the Vikings, playing in 77 games, recording 192 tackles and 17 sacks.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On April 1, 2005 Hovan signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had a good first season with the Bucs, helping them win the NFC South and finish as the number one ranked defense. Hovan was released on April 26, 2010.[2]

St. Louis RamsEdit

On June 9, 2010, Hovan signed with the St. Louis Rams.[3] On August 6, 2010, Hovan was placed on injured reserve due to a back injury, ending his 2010 season.[4]

Coaching Edit

Hovan was named assistant strength & conditioning coach for the South Florida Bulls in 2011.[5]

Hovan was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League as their defensive line coach on January 9, 2013. He was the defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Storm of the AFL for the 2013 season.

Hovan coached in the AFL with the Tampa Bay Storm for 3 seasons.

2017-2018: Hovan is currently in his second year coaching high school varsity football. He is the co-defensive coordinator for the Warriors football team at Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, FL.

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2000 MIN 16 46 41 5 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2001 MIN 16 43 29 14 6.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2002 MIN 16 52 38 14 5.5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2003 MIN 16 27 19 8 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2004 MIN 13 20 11 9 1.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 TB 16 45 35 10 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 TB 16 51 40 11 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 TB 16 48 31 17 1.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2008 TB 15 43 36 7 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2009 TB 16 33 26 7 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 156 408 306 102 22.0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
[6]

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