Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg joins the ranks of coaches at NJ High School
Christian Hackenberg is entering the ranks of football coaches.
The former five-star rookie and Penn State quarterback will lead his former position at Winslow Township High School in Atco, New Jersey, the school announced on social media Wednesday.
“Let’s take the time to warmly welcome Christian Hackenberg, former All-American, NFL QB and Penn State Alum. Hackenberg will join us as a QB coach here at Winslow Twp ”, the program wrote.
Hackenberg was a second-round pick for the New York Jets in 2016, but has never played a regular season game in the NFL during stoppages in Oakland, Cincinnati and Philadelphia in addition to “The Big Apple.” He then started three games for the former Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express before being replaced by former LSU star Zach Mettenberger.
With the AAF folded, Hackenberg explored a professional baseball career, but it’s not clear if that ever came to fruition.
The highly regarded former rookie was the 2013 Big Ten Rookie of the Year, but saw his completion percentage drop over the next two seasons before leaving school early for the NFL Draft after a loss to the Nittany Lions in the Taxslayer Bowl. In total, he threw for 8,318 yards in blue and white while posting a career touchdown-to-steal ratio of 48 to 31 in 38 games. While his career numbers have never matched the hype coming out of high school, the 26-year-old is now credited with Adam Brenenman, Brendan Mahon, Bill O’Brien and many more for keeping the football schedule. of Penn State together and moving forward in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Here’s what PennLive’s sister site NJ.com says as Hackenberg steps into his new role:
“The Township of Winslow was 5-1 last season. The school’s best-known former football player is former Jets backer Shonn Greene, who played for them from 2009 to 2012 and for the Titans from 2013 to 2014. ”