The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs gained a Tremendous Bowl with out Hunt. He desires to cease them from getting one other one.
Hunt, whose profession briefly derailed in Kansas Metropolis earlier than being renewed with a second likelihood in Cleveland, expects to have “excessive” feelings Sunday when the Browns go to the Chiefs within the AFC divisional spherical.
He’ll run with anger, however mentioned it gained’t be aimed on the Chiefs. They’re simply the following staff in his path.
“I play with numerous emotion, however this can in all probability be somewhat bit extra,” he mentioned.
This isn’t about revenge for Hunt, who insists he doesn’t carry a grudge towards the Chiefs for releasing him in 2018 after a disturbing video surfaced of him shoving a lady to the ground and kicking her throughout an argument.
He lied to them about his involvement and the 25-year-old paid the worth. Then The NFL suspended him eight video games.
Hunt says this return is just about soccer.
“It’s a giant sport,” he mentioned. “I got here in with these guys over there. That is the primary time enjoying towards a few of my greatest mates.”
Again in 2017, when Patrick Mahomes was nonetheless a rookie backup quarterback with a giant arm and large potential, Hunt, a third-round draft choose from Toledo, seemingly got here out of nowhere to steer the NFL in speeding.
He was a rising star on a rising staff, however his off-field conduct snuffed any glow.
Within the aftermath of the video, Hunt was launched and gave the impression to be untouchable earlier than former Kansas Metropolis basic supervisor John Dorsey, who had moved on to Cleveland after his personal messy separation from the Chiefs, signed him.
Again in his hometown, Hunt’s now a part of a renaissance with the Browns (12-5), who knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers within the wild-card spherical.
It tore at Hunt final winter when the Chiefs gained all of it. He informed a police officer after he was pulled over for dashing — his solely misstep since becoming a member of the Browns — that it “hurts my soul’ that he wasn’t a part of Kansas Metropolis’s win.
It’s not that he wasn’t thrilled for Mahomes, All-Professional tight finish Travis Kelce and different ex-teammates he considers “household,” Hunt simply wished to share the expertise. It’s what drives him now.
“My greatest objective coming into the NFL was to win a Tremendous Bowl,” Hunt mentioned. “The Tremendous Bowl has been on my thoughts since I obtained drafted to Kansas Metropolis. They had been in a position to get that objective, which they deserve. That could be a good program over there, a superb soccer staff and good individuals.”
As this unusual season has unfolded, Hunt, who has a mixed 1,145 yards and scored 11 touchdowns, had a premonition the Browns would face the Chiefs.
“Kareem talked about this sport all 12 months like he knew it was going to occur,” mentioned his operating mate, Browns Professional Bowler Nick Chubb. “He’s excited for it. I’m excited to look at him go on the market and play. He’s prepared for it.”
After final week’s win at Pittsburgh, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield thought Hunt was operating “like he wished to get to Kansas Metropolis.” Hunt then raised some eyebrows by posting that this week’s sport was ”private.”
On Thursday, Hunt mentioned his remarks had been solely meant that he was enjoying good mates — to not soothe any agenda. He’ll run exhausting. At all times does.
“Bragging rights,” he mentioned.
Whereas he didn’t go away Kansas Metropolis’s group on good phrases, Hunt has remained shut with its gamers and Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
“We love Kareem,” Reid mentioned this week. “He was right here. He’s a heck of a child. I’m so completely happy for him that he’s doing effectively, and actually when its all mentioned and completed, that’s the vital factor — you place the sport apart and hope these guys find yourself in the precise path to allow them to maintain that for the remainder of their life.”
Simply as they had been towards the Steelers, the Browns are underdogs. And, for the second week in a row, they’ve discovered some additional motivation.
Earlier this week, Chiefs huge receiver Sammy Watkins responded to a fan on Twitter by saying he didn’t suppose the Browns would offer a lot competitors. Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster fired up Cleveland along with his “The Browns is the Browns” comment, which has since grow to be a rallying cry throughout Northeast Ohio.
“We’ll simply see on Sunday,’′ Hunt mentioned. “If he believes that, we’ll see what he thinks after the sport.”
NOTES: Browns Professional Bowl LG Joel Bitonio stays on the COVID-19 listing. He’s eligible to return, however has but to be cleared. … WR KhaDarel Hodge returned and practiced after lacking three video games with the virus. … All-Professional RT Jack Conklin, LD B.J. Goodson (shoulder) and TE David Njoku sat out their second straight follow.
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