Chris Hogan’s road to the Super Bowl did not begin until he retired his lacrosse stick.
The New England Patriots receiver played lacrosse at Penn State before transferring and playing football at Monmouth, a Football Championship Division school in his home state of New Jersey.
The agility, hand-eye coordination and physical style required to play high-level lacrosse helped him in his return to football, which he had not played since high school.
“Really, just being able to beat the man in front of you translates directly to playing receiver,” Hogan said.
Hogan, 28, starred in the Patriots’ AFC title game victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and...