Steven Hodge was a Zanesville High School Blue Devil from 1986-1990, where he was named All-Ohio twice. He was also a two-time Buckeye Central Conference player of the year, Division I Eastern District Back of the Year, and two-time captain. In 1988, he led the Blue Devils to a BCC co-championship. and became the all-time leading rusher in Blue Devils history in 1989, totaling 3,168 yards with 52 rushing touchdowns, while running the single-wing offense under head coach Whit Parks. He also threw for 1,725 yards and 16 more touchdowns. He was selected as a captain for the 45th Dial Ohio North-South All-Star Game. He also was selected for the Muskingum Valley-Licking County All-Star Game.
Steven was also a three-year varsity basketball letterman and a two-year letterman in track & field. Out of all his ZHS accomplishments, he is most proud of the “Steven Hodge Award,” given annually to the hardest working and most dedicated ZHS football athlete in the weight room and on the field.
He attended Colorado State University on a football scholarship, and was a four-year starter from 1991-1994. Hodge was recruited as a fullback under head coach Earle Bruce, but transitioned to defensive tackle in his sophomore year. Under head coach Sonny Lubick, he was a two-time captain, with 23 sacks in just two seasons, tied for second on CSU’s all-time sack list. He also tied for second for most tackles for a loss. Steven was a two-time first team All-Western Athletic Conference Player. Hodge led CSU to a WAC championship, and played in Holiday Bowl against Michigan.
Hodge also set two school records in the weight room. In his free time, he was a mentor in the Big Brother Program.
After college, he played for Coach Bruce in two Arena Football seasons for the St. Louis Stampede from 1995-1996, going to the playoffs both seasons.
He served in the United States Army from 1996 to 2000 as a transportation sergeant. Following an honorable discharge, he became a Colorado State Trooper in 2001, where he is currently employed by the Governor’s Executive Security Unit.
Steven coached the defensive line at Valor Christian High School, which set a school record for sacks and tackles for a loss on their way to their first Division 3A state championship.
In addition, he is a certified physical fitness advisor with CSP and serves with the United States Air National Guard as a Master Sergeant. He resides in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife Burgandy, son JR, daughter London, and their Rottweiler, Pepper.