At the combine in Montreal he benched 225 (the measure of all measures for a football player) a solid 25 times, had a vertical of 39 inches and performed the shuttle in 4.34, but it was his 40-yard dash that got people talking: Hodgson ran his 40 in 4.47 seconds.
To the football layman, what does this mean?
"What it means is that this guy is a complete freak," said Knott. "Look at the numbers on the TSN website (Hodgson's are not listed because he was not an official invitee), they don't lie. Chris blew everyone away in his 40, the next guy was at 4.78 in his category. He was bigger and faster than all the linebackers there and he outperformed all the D-Lineman, as well.
"Clearly he proved he is on the same level as them, and in fact he showed he is above them from the physical perspective."
Now I'm no football guy, but Hodgson had the broadest shoulders and was the most ripped guy in the UNB locker room at 6'3" and 235 pounds, and now he has bulked up to 256 pounds. Football might be the perfect environment for this natural athlete who proudly says his favourite activities are to eat and work out.
But talking about him making a pro team on the practice roster before he's ever played a game in the CIS? Boggles the mind.
Hodgson making big strides in football (Robert Touchie, The Daily Gleaner)