American Football Database
American Football Database
Nathan Hodel
No. 48     
Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-11-11) November 11, 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth: Fairview Heights, Illinois
Career information
College: Illinois
Undrafted in 2001
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2001)*
Career highlights and awards
* NFC champion (2008)
Games played     113
Games started     0
Tackles     20
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Nathan William Hodel (/ˈhdəl/; born November 12, 1977) is a former American football long snapper. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Illinois.

Hodel was also a member of the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.

Early years

Hodel attended Belleville East High School in Belleville, Illinois, and was a two-sport star in baseball and football. In football, he was the team captain and an All-Conference pick as an offensive lineman. In baseball, he was a pitcher, the team captain,an All-Conference pitcher,and an all-Illinois prep pitcher.

College career

At the University of Illinois, Hodel was a long snapper on the football team and a pitcher on the baseball team.

Professional career

Carolina Panthers

After graduating from college in 2001, Hodel spent six games on the practice squad with the Carolina Panthers and was then released.

Arizona Cardinals

Hodel signed with the Arizona Cardinals shortly after his release by the Panthers and spent the next nine games on their practice squad. He was activated to the Cardinals' 53-man roster for the last two games of the 2001 season but did not enter a game. He handled long snapping duties with the Cardinals from 2002 to 2008.

Hodel was released by the Cardinals on February 26, 2009.

New England Patriots

Hodel was signed by the New England Patriots on March 10, 2009 after the team's previous long snapper, Lonie Paxton, signed with the Denver Broncos.

Detroit Lions

Hodel signed with the Detroit Lions on December 17, 2009 after an injury to Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach. The Lions waived Hodel on December 24.

Hodel retired after the 2009 season and now lives with his family in Wauconda, Illinois. He finished his NFL career playing in 133 games. He is fifth in Arizona Cardinals history in consecutive games played at 132.

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