T.J. Hockenson or Thomas James Hockenson is an American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. First drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2019 NFL draft, the young footballer also had an amazing college football career at Iowa.
Born on July 3, 1997, in Chariton, Iowa, T. J. Hockenson grew up in Cherokee during his early years but later moved back to his hometown during his high school years. Tod Hockenson is his father, Teri Hockenson is his mother and he has three siblings, Kelsey, Matt, and Andy Hockenson. Hockenson completed his high school education at Chariton High School where he was actively involved in football and basketball. He later attended the University of Iowa to further his college football career. In 2019 he completed his studies.
T.J. Hockenson career
Hockenson has always been interested in sports, but he started thinking about developing himself with football. He had an amazing high school career, where he was a four-time letter winner and played as a tight end and defensive back. Thomas led the team to the state playoffs and was also named an All-State First Team in his senior year. He was recruited by the University of Iowa and joined the Iowa Hawkeyes college football team.
In college, he joined the team as a tight end and played in the starting XI. He showed successful performances and proved to be an asset to the team. The best game in his freshman year was against Ohio State, where he rushed for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also recorded the team’s fifth-best statistic that same year. In his sophomore year, he won the Big Ten’s Tight End of the Year Award and the Kwalick Clark Award.
In 2019, he entered the 2019 NFL Draft and was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions. He began playing as a tight end for the Lions, rushing for 131 yards in a game against Arizona — the most for a debut in NFL history. The following year, he was placed on the reserves due to injury but returned and put on an amazing performance against the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons.
After his remarkable performance, he was named to the 2021 Pro Bowl. In the 2021 season, he was again reserved due to injury. The following year, in the game against the Seattle Seahawks, he set an all-time Lions record for 179 yards and 8 receptions. Later in 2022 he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
T.J. Hockenson social media
Hockenson is very active on social media and currently has more than 121K followers on his Instagram account. He also has a Twitter account with 40k followers. Apart from that, he also has a Facebook account with 1.4k friends but is not very active on the platform.
T.J. Hockenson biography
|Real name||Thomas James Hockenson|
|Date of birth||July 3, 1997|
|Age (as of 2022)||25 years|
|Place of birth||Cherokee, Iowa, USA|
|profession||American football player|
|University||University of Iowa|
|Height||in feet inches – 6′ 5” – in centimeters – 196 cm|
|weight||in kilograms – 111kg – in pounds – 244 pounds|
|hair color||light brown|
T. J. Hockenson family
|Brothers||Matt & Andy Hockenson|
|Marital status||In a relationship|
|Who is T.J. Hockenson’s girlfriend?||Mikala Brown|
T.J. Hockenson is currently in a relationship with Mikala Brown, a professional photographer. The couple has been together for a long time and also often shares pictures on their social media. Mikala is very supportive of Hockenson and also supports his move to Minnesota. Thomas doesn’t like to share many details about his relationship but often dedicates appreciative posts to Mikala.
T.J. Hockenson Net Worth
T.J. Hockenson is a professional football player and has been in the NFL for around 4 years. He earns heaps of income from his football career but has not shared the exact details. His net worth can be estimated at around $1 million and he is known for living a luxurious lifestyle.
Facts About T.J. Hockenson
- After high school, he was named a 3-star recruit candidate by 247 sports and other sports sites.
- Thomas received the John Mackey Award in 2018 in his second year.
- He also won the 2018 Ozzie Newsome Award.
- His jersey number is 87.
- Hockenson supports brands like Nike, Jeep and Air Beds.