PHOTO: Hunt offers passionate personal essay on what football means to him

The walk-on has been very productive for Mizzou
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The plight of any walk-on athlete is considerable. 

Not enjoying all of the perks of a scholarship athlete, these players have to work even harder as a means to stick on their respective team. The love of the game — or university — is treasured despite the potential hardships from a financial standpoint. There are countless examples of walk-on players rising up amidst difficulty to contribute on a high level. 

One of those players is Missouri running back Tyler Hunt. 

On Instagram, Hunt posted a picture with a very passionate, heart-felt message speaking about what the sport of football means to him. 

Hunt was recently nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy — an award given to the nation’s top athlete beginning his career as a walk-on. On the year, Hunt has registered the longest reception and longest rush for the Tigers. 

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