Terry Hoage began his football career as a defensive back for the University of Georgia from 1980 to 1983. He graduated from UG in 1985 with a BS in Genetics, a 3.85 GPA and as a two-time All-American. In 1983, he finished 5th for the Heisman Trophy and, in 1984, was the SEC Athlete of the Year. Vince Dooley, head coach at the University of Georgia, called Hoage "the best defensive player I've ever coached and maybe the best one I've ever seen."

Hoage's professional football career in the NFL spanned 13 seasons with six teams: the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals. Prior to retiring from the NFL in 1996, Hoage won a Superbowl in 1992 with the Washington Redskins.

Later, Hoage was priliveged to be inducted into the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame in 1997, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, the CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Hoage and his wife, Jennifer, purchased a 26-acre vineyard on the west side of Paso Robles in 2002 and began their label, Terry Hoage Vineyards. Six years later, they were pronounced Top New California Wine Producers by Wine Spectator. Hoage currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer of the Board for must! Charities, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving quality of life in San Luis Obispo’s North County.