PHOTO: Hunt offers passionate personal essay on what football means to him
The plight of any walk-on athlete is considerable.
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People don't understand this isn't a game to me. Sport is my life. I have paid and in debt for a chance at this lifestyle. I have worked in a warehouse over nights to have money for school. This is my chance to make it out and make something of my life I am not going to take it for granted. I have never had anything handed to me in my life and I will continue to work hard and prove people wrong. I have been made fun of consistently throughout my life but it just helps fuel the fire for me proving people wrong Philippians4:13#be.so.good.they.can't.ignore.you#leaveyourlegacy#FEWDM
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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.