No member of Patriots has spent more time in car this year than Chris Hogan

Ryan Hannable
January 31, 2019 - 12:23 pm

ATLANTA -- Every NFL player has to make sacrifices because of their job. But, not many players in the NFL have to do what Chris Hogan does.

Hogan's wife Ashley and their almost two-year old twins live in Huntington, N.Y. because of her job as a doctor. The Patriots wide receiver tries to see them as much as he can during the season, but often that is making the drive to Long Island on Monday night to spend Tuesday, the Patriots' day off with them, but then driving back to New England in time for practice on Wednesday.

“It’s pretty easy now. I could do that trip with my eyes closed," Hogan said. "Any chance I get to go spend time withe them and my kids, they are up doing different things every day now it seems like. I try and take advantage of the time that I get to spend with them."

The journey is just over 200 miles, but obviously worth it each week.

Hogan, 30, got married to Ashley, who he met at Penn State, in the summer of 2017. He credits her for keeping things in check at home while he does what he needs to do on the football field.

“I could sit here for hours and talk about my wife," he said. "The sacrifices that she makes for me to be in this position that I am today. I can’t really put it into words. She takes care of pretty much everything back home — our twins, dogs, houses. It’s tough at times when I don’t get to be around them, but I know she’s happy. I know she’s happy that I made it back to another Super Bowl and I am happy that she will be here at the game.

"She’s a huge reason why I am able to do what I do every single day.”

(Click here for a feature of the family earlier this season.)

The veteran wide out is a free agent after the year, but he isn't thinking about that right now -- all he's focused on is the Rams and Super Bowl LIII.

“No. I am a firm believer in focusing on what I can control, and what I can control is my effort and how I play in these games, and just trying to do whatever it takes to win these games as a team," he said. "All that kind of stuff, it kind of just takes care of itself.

"Whatever happens, happens, but all my focus is what happens on Sunday."

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