Evander "Ziggy" Hood is a defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Hood, who was given the nickname "Ziggy" by his grandmother as a child was a first-team All-Big 12 selection at the University of Missouri. He is listed at 6-feet, 4- inches and 295 pounds.
Prep Career
A defensive end and tight end at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, TX, Hood recorded 93 total tackles and 13.0 sacks as a senior. He was ranked as the No. 35 defensive end prospect in the nation according to rivals.com, and signed with Missouri after also considering offers from TCU, UTEP, Arizona State and Baylor.
College Career
Hood played 12 games as a true freshman, recording 23 total tackles (2.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks. His sophomore season was interrupted by a broken foot suffered against New Mexico. He missed three games, and was less than 100 percent healthy in the final seven games of the season, but finished with 36 total tackles and 4.0 sacks. Hood's best seasons came in his final two years with the Tigers. He recorded a combined 111 total tackles and 10.0 sacks, while earning all-Big 12 honors in both seasons (honorable mention in 2007, first team in 2008). The Tigers also won bowl games in each season, the first time since 1978-79 that Missouri earned back-to-back bowl wins.
NFL Career
Hood was selected in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Five days before the start of training camp, Hood signed a five-year/$11.3M contract with Pittsburgh. $6.1M of the contract is guaranteed.

Hood played all 16 games as a rookie in 2009, finishing his rookie season with 8 total tackles and 1.0 sacks.