Kareem Hunt

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Kareem Hunt
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Hunt (2018)
Cleveland Browns - No. 27
Running back
Date of birth: August 6, 1995
Place of birth: Willoughby , Ohio
Height: 1.80 m Weight: 97 kg
NFL debut
2017 for the Kansas City Chiefs
College : Toledo
NFL Draft : 2017 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86
Current status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-Team All- MAC (2014, 2016)
  • GoDaddy Bowl MVP (2014)
  • All-Bowl Team (2014)
  • Second-Team All-MAC (2015)
  • North Outstanding Player (2016)
Selected NFL stats
as of week 17 of the 2019 season
Running attempts     496
Gaining space through running     2,330 yards
run touchdowns     17th
captured passports     116
Gaining space by catching passports     1,118 yards
caught touchdowns     11
Fumbles / lost it     2/1
Statistics at NFL.com
Statistics at pro-football-reference.com

Kareem AJ Hunt (* 6. August 1995 in Willoughby , Ohio ) is an American American football poker players. He plays in the position of running back and has been under contract with the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League (NFL) since February 2019 . He previously played college football for the Toledo Rockets of the University of Toledo in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs .


High school

Hunt attended South High School in Willoughby , Ohio , and played for their sports team, the South Rebels, American football and basketball . In the 2011 season, he ran 485 yards in the game against North High School, the fifth-highest value in the history of the Ohio High School Athletic Association . Overall, he was able to achieve 2,519 yards and 41 touchdowns, albeit against weak competition. He was selected for his achievements in the First-Team All- Conference of his school league.

In his senior year of high school , he ran 2,685 yards and 48 touchdowns and averaged eleven yards per run. The 2,685 yards was a school record for the biggest gain in space in a season. Hunt was elected to First-Team All-Conference , First-Team All-District, and First-Team All-State , and was one of the finalists for the Mr. Football Award in Ohio.



source rating

The US sports-focused website operators Rivals.com and 247Sports classified Hunt as a so-called three-star player. H. one of the top 750 players of his year in the United States and a likely starter on his college team. Scout.com only rated him as a two-star player and therefore an important reserve player.

Hunt has received football scholarship offers from the University of Minnesota , the University of Toledo , the University of Pittsburgh , the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Iowa . In addition, he received offers from the University of Akron , Ball State University , Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University . On January 4, 2013 it was announced that he had chosen the University of Toledo, where he played college football for their football team, the Toledo Rockets , from fall 2013 .

Toledo Rockets

As a freshman , Hunt was initially reluctant to use. In his first six college games, he ran a total of only twelve times with the ball. In the second half of the season, however, he was used more and could run more than 100 yards in five of the last six games . On November 12, 2013, he fumbled in the game against the Buffalo Bulls , but captured the ball himself again. This was his only fumble. In the penultimate game of the season, Hunt threw an interception , which was his only pass attempt. He finished his first college season with 866 yards and six touchdowns , which he scored in 137 runs.

The season as a sophomore went well for Hunt, although he missed three games with an ankle injury. Overall, however, Hunt was able to run 1,360 yards in nine games during the regular season . After the regular season, the Rockets played in the GoDaddy Bowl , where Hunt scored 271 yards and five touchdowns in a 63:44 win against the Arkansas State RedWolves and was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP). He increased his season performance to 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns in 205 runs. His running average of 8.0 yards per attempt made him the second most successful running back in the country this season and a team record. Although he only played in ten games, the 1,631 yards made him the best runner in the Mid-American Conference (MAC ) and the tenth best in the country. In addition, it was the second best value in the history of the Rockets and the best of a sophomore. The 271 yards were a career record for Hunt and the five touchdowns were an NCAA bowl record. Previously, only Barry Sanders for the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Holiday Bowl 1988 and Neil Snow in the Rose Bowl 1902 for the Michigan Wolverines had succeeded. Associated Press selected him for this on their All-Bowl team . In addition, Hunt got into the first team All-MAC .

2015 got off to a bad start for Hunt as he was suspended for the first two games after violating team rules. On his first appearance in the 2015 season, he suffered an injury in the thigh muscles after running 129 yards and had to sit out two more games. When he returned on the sixth game day, he only ran 85 yards, ending a series of twelve games in which he had run more than 100 yards. He therefore ended the 2015 season with only 973 yards run and 12 touchdowns, making him the fifth best in the conference, with 178 runs. He had a running average of 108.1 yards per game, leading the Mid-American Conference and 23rd in the country. In the postseason, the Rockets played in the Boca Raton Bowl against the Temple Owls . In the 32:17 win there, Hunt ran another 86 yards and two touchdowns. Hunt got through his performances in the second team All-MAC .

In January 2016, the University of Toledo announced that Hunt would also play in Toledo in his senior year. Many observers saw the poor performance compared to the previous year as a reason why Hunt had not signed up for the draft. He was re-elected to the First Team All-MAC . On December 18, 2016, Hunt played his last game for the Rockets at the Camellia Bowl . In the 28:31 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers , he ran two touchdowns and 120 yards. He set two new team records because it was his 28th game with over 100 yards and he had now run a total of 4,945 yards. He broke 98 tackles that season, the second most in the league.

An anniversary team was elected in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the Rockets. Hunt ended up in seventh place as the second best running back.

Senior Bowl

On January 28, 2017, Hunt played in the Senior Bowl . There he ran 118 yards in 15 attempts and was named North Outstanding Player (most outstanding player of the North team).


For the Toledo Rockets Hunt played 44 games in four seasons, in which he made 782 runs. With 4,945 yards run, he is the most successful running back in the history of the University of Toledo to date. His average of 6.3 yards per run is the best value in team history.

2013 2014 2015 2016 total
Games played 12 10 9 13 44
Touchdowns 6th 16 12 11 45
Running attempts 137 205 178 262 782
yards run 866 1,631 973 1,475 4,945
Yards per run 6.3 8.0 5.5 5.6 6.3
yards run per game 72.2 163.1 108.1 113.5 112.4
captured passports 12 9 11 41 73
trapped yards 68 39 45 403 555
Gain space in yards 934 1,670 1,018 1,878 5,500
Yards per game 77.8 167.0 113.1 144.5 125.0

Between college and NFL

Combine and Pro Day

At the 2017 NFL Combine , Hunt bench pressed a total of 18 reps with 225 lbs. From a standing position, he jumped 36.5 inches (92.5 cm) high and 119 inches (3.02 m) wide. In the 40 yard dash he ran a time of 4.62 seconds and 4.66 seconds. At the IMG Academy , which he attended in preparation for the Combine, he was two tenths faster. At the next Pro Day of the Toledo Rockets on March 20, 2017, he ran the 40 yards in 4.57 seconds.

NFL draft

In the 2017 NFL Draft , the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the third round as the 86th player. For this placement, the Chiefs previously threaded a trade with the Minnesota Vikings , who in return received the third-round pick, the fourth-round pick and the seven-round pick of the Chiefs for the 2017 NFL Draft . Hunt was the sixth running back in the draft and after Dan Williams (11th in 1993), John Greco (65th in 2008) and Curtis Johnson (81st in 1970) the fourth-highest-drafted player in the history of the University of Toledo.


Kansas City Chiefs

On June 5, 2017, Hunt signed a four-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs valued at $ 3,175,952, which included a signing bonus of $ 775,952. Here he gave up his number 3 from high school and college, as the NFL requires running backs to wear numbers between 20 and 49. As a new number he chose 27. After good performance in the preseason Hunt was initially listed in the squad behind running back Spencer Ware . However, when Ware was injured in the third preparation game, Hunt became a starter.

Hunt's regular season debut in the season opener against the New England Patriots began badly when he lost the ball on his first run. After that, however, he was successful and ran 148 yards, caught for 98 more and scored three touchdowns. With this total of 246 yards, he set a new record for most scrimmage yards in an NFL debut and, beating the previous record of Anquan Boldin from the year 2003 . After his first week of play, he was voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated . In the first three games he scored six touchdowns, which was a league record shared with Billy Sims . In September 2017 he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month and the fourth rookie to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Month . As a result, his jersey was included in the permanent exhibition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame from the third matchday . On matchday 14, Hunt was able to achieve a touchdown for the first time since the third matchday and was only the second Chiefs rookie to break the 1,000-yard mark in the running game. Because of his good performance over the season, he was appointed to the Pro Bowl . Hunt was able to run 1,327 yards throughout the season, leading the entire league. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association .

In the 2018 season , Hunt had a total of 824 yards and seven touchdowns in the eleven games of the season up to November 30, 2018, and caught passes for 378 yards and seven touchdowns. He set Lenny Moore's 57-year-old record of seven run and captured touchdowns in the first eleven games of the season.

Dismissal and lockdown

On November 30, 2018, Hunt was dismissed by the Chiefs without notice and placed on the Reserve / Commissioner Exempt List by the NFL , according to which he is suspended until further notice. The occasion was the appearance of a video that shows Hunt in an incident in a hotel in February 2018, where he abuses, pushes and kicks a woman, and about what he had previously stated incorrectly when asked. In March 2019, the NFL announced that Hunt would be banned for the first eight games of the 2019 season, with the ban not going into effect until August 31, 2019. This made it possible for Hunt to participate in the training camp and the preseason of the Cleveland Browns .

Cleveland Browns

Hunt training with the Browns

In February 2019, Hunt signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns. After his suspension, he shared the backfield mainly with Nick Chubb . In his third game for the Browns, he scored his first touchdown for his new team. Hunt was particularly successful as a pass catcher for the Browns and was able to catch 37 of 44 passes at the end of the season and achieve 285 yards. He only ran the ball 43 times for 179 yards. However, Chubb also benefited from Hunt and was able to achieve better performances in the eight games with Hunt on the field than without him.

After the season Hunt became a restricted free agent , after which the Browns occupied him with a second-round tender. Hunt signed the tender on April 17, 2020, tying him to the Browns for one year, during which he earned $ 3.259 million.


2017 2018 2019 total
Games played 16 11 8th 35
Games started 16 11 3 30th
Touchdowns 11 14th 3 28
Running attempts 272 181 43 498
yards run 1,327 824 179 2,330
Yards per run 4.8 4.6 4.2 4.7
yards run per game 82.9 74.9 22.4 66.6
captured passports 53 26th 37 116
trapped yards 455 378 285 1,118
Gain space in yards 1,782 1,202 464 3,448
Yards per game 111.3 109.3 58.0 98.5

Play style and personality

Due to its relatively small height of only 1.80 m (5 '  11 " ) and its compact body construction Hunt has a low center of gravity, which is why it difficult to tacklen is. His running style is physical and Hunt does not avoid physical contact. He is considered to be only a moderately agile player who hardly changes direction quickly. Thanks to his carefully balanced running routes and his high speed in sideways movement, he can shake off defenders well. Hunt is described as a player with relatively strong legs, high speed and good acceleration. Although few passports were thrown at him in his first three years of college, Hunt is also a surefire passport catcher, even if he should rarely walk passport routes . He is also credited with an excellent stiff arm , good spin move and good balance.

Hunt is considered humble and shy of much attention. He therefore preferred smaller football teams in his high school and college years, which is why he was occasionally accused of being so successful only because he played against worse opponents.


Hunt is the son of a self-employed healthcare provider. He was named after his father, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Hunt, whose mother named him after the basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . However, Hunt only got the initials of his father's middle names. Both parents also played school sports in their youth: Hunt's father was a football player, his mother an athlete. He and his family had to move frequently in his childhood. He has a brother. Hunt names Barry Sanders as his sporting role model . He chose criminal law as his main subject . Hunt is a fan of the Cleveland Browns .

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