ESPN’s broadcast analyst, Merril Hoge, is a former professional American football player who played eight seasons of NFL.
Merril played from the year 1987 to 1994 and was precisely known for playing the game at running back position.
Moreover, between those years, he played for two teams, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.
As of now, Merril has been working as a football analyst for ESPN television since 1996.
Bio: Age, Family
Former NFL running back Merril Hoge, age 54, was born on 26th January 1965 in Idaho.
Moreover, Merril, whose real name is Merril DuAine Hoge, stands at the height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 meters).
Speaking about his family, Merril Hoge has kept details of his family members very low key.
Hence, his admirers, who are curious to know about his family, are hindered from the information.
However, Merril has been open about speaking about his mother, whom he lost when he was just 19 years of age.
Recently, on 13th May 2019, he had even tweeted on missing his mother on Mother’s day and revealed that she died tragically on 4th June 1986.
Moreover, when she left him, he felt like he would never recover from the sorrow of losing her.
Also, he expressed gratefulness for the people who helped him to get back from that sorrow.
Merril Hoge Married To Wife, Children
Merril Hoge is a family man who leads a married life along with his wife and two children, a son, Beau, and a daughter, Kori.
However, Merril has not quite revealed the details of his wife, which can disclose her identity. But what he has revealed is her pictures with him through his Instagram.
Merril Hoge poses with his wife in Florida on 26 February 2019 (Photo: Merril Hoge's Instagram)
Speaking about his children, Beau and Kori were not born to Merril’s current wife; they were born to Toni, the ex-wife of Merril, who divorced due to some personal issues.
Nevertheless, both Beau and Kori are grown up and lead their life according to their dreams. Adding to that, they are more active in sports like their father.
Career At ESPN, Salary
Merril Hoge’s career as an NFL player started when he was picked in the tenth round of 1987 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh Steelers.
He played for the team for seven years, after which he signed and moved to play for Chicago Bears in 1994.
However, after playing five games for Bears, he suffered from multiple concussions and had problems while breathing during the game, which led to a brain injury that forced him to retire at the age of 29.
But Merril would not have to go through retirement that soon if his team’s (Chicago Bears) physician had not failed to warn him about the seriousness of his concussions.
Hence, Merril also filed a case against the team’s physician, which he won and received a judgment of $1.55 million.
Moving on, after his retirement, Merril joined ESPN as a football analyst in 1996 and is still working there.
Today, Merril lives a lavish lifestyle with the help of his career that provided him a good salary. Moreover, he has secured a net worth of $6 million, as of now.