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Believe it or not, Torii Hunter’s “passion” 25 years ago was football.
The speedy Hunter was hard to catch as an option quarterback for Pine Bluff High School in Arkansas. But most of the Divison I football programs that mailed him letters, including Arkansas and LSU, wanted him to play safety at the college level.
“I was always around the ball and could hit some guys and make some loud noises, before the targeting [rules] and everything, of course,” Hunter said two weeks ago. “I know I could have played in college. And I’m pretty sure if I put my mind to it, I could have given myself a really good chance of getting to the NFL.”
Minnesotans know how his story played out. Once Major League Baseball scouts told Hunter that he could be an MLB first-round pick, he focused on baseball his senior year. The Twins drafted him 20th overall in 1993 and his football career was done. Nine Gold Gloves, five All-Star appearances and two Silver Slugger Awards later, it is safe to say that Hunter, now 41 and retired, picked the right sport for him.
Now, Hunter lives out his football dreams vicariously through his son, Monshadrick, who just wrapped up a fine four-year career at Arkansas State. His son, who goes by Money, hopes to catch the eyes of NFL scouts Friday at Arkansas State’s pro day.
A four-year starter for the Red Wolves, Money is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career pick-sixes with four taken back to the house. In 2016, he was third on the team with 73 tackles, helping him garner first-team all-conference honors.
Not bad for a kid who focused only on football because a shoulder injury during his freshman year dashed his hopes of becoming a two-sport star in college.
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