Jan 11, 2021
In this podcast interview, we discuss the following:
1. His bout with cancer and the lawsuit against Monsanto.
2. His health and some tips on how your "Health is Wealth"
3. How Food and Exercise are very important and hear some of his daily health habits
Merril Hoge's FIND A WAY philosophy has allowed him to triumph over obstacles that threatened to derail his dreams, highjack his career, and end his life.
In 1987, Merril made his childhood dream a reality when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 1993 and led the team in rushing and receiving in four of his first five years, setting a record in his third year for receptions by a running back. Along with Franco Harris, he is one of only two Steelers players to rush for more than 100 yards in back-to-back playoff games. He was the Steelers Iron Man of the Year two years in a row (1989 and 1990) and was named to the All-Madden team in 1989. In 1993, Merril went to the Chicago Bears as a free agent, where he played for one year until he was forced to retire early due to post-concussion syndrome. At the time of his retirement, Merril had the longest consecutive playing streak in the NFL.
Merril joined ESPN in 1995 as a football analyst and sideline reporter, where he quickly distinguished himself through his in-depth knowledge of the game and his strong relationships with the coaches and players in the National Football League. He served as a host and analyst for a wide variety of ESPN programs on television, radio and the Internet, including ESPN’s SportsCenter and NFL Live; Friday Football and Fantasy Insider on ESPN News; The NFL on ESPN Radio; and alongside Ron Jaworski on the highly acclaimed State Farm NFL Matchup. Merril was also a regular contributor to ESPN.com and to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football, and Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage. Today he is a motivational speaker, does work with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is involved in the NFL Way to Play program which promotes proper playing technique across all levels of football. The educational initiative is designed to demonstrate proper technique, explain fundamental concepts and share best practices in an effort to better protect players from unnecessary risk.
Merril's Books(Find a Way and Brainwashed): https://merrilhoge.com/books/
Find A Way Merchandise: https://merrilhoge.com/shop/