Kareem Hunt is an American professional football running back previously associated with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Hunt was drafted from the University of Toledo during the NFL draft of 2017. He was further released by his team in November 2018 after an assault video involving Kareem was released. He is currently placed on Roger Goodell’s exempt list and is not signed to any team. Interestingly, Kareem led the league in rushing yards in 2017 and was named to his first Pro Bowl after an impressive rookie season. Learn more about Kareem below.
Kareem Hunt – Bio
Born Kareem AJ Hunt in Willoughby, Ohio in the United States; the running back was welcomed into the family of Stephanie Riggins and her husband Kareem Hunt Sr. on 6th August 1995. He was raised alongside his brother Clarence and they spent their early years in Willoughby neighborhood of Ohio. Kareem completed his basic education at South High School, Willoughby where he played football with Rebels high school football team.
During his career with the Rebels, he had 39 touchdowns and 2,519 rushing yards in his junior year. He also scored 44 touchdowns covering 2,685 yards in his last high school season. At the end of his career, he was given a three-star rating by sports illustrated websites while he choosing to play college football at the University of Toledo.
Kareem saw action in twelves games in his first college season in 2013 and recorded 866 rushing yards. He also made 137 receptions while scoring six touchdowns. The following season, he scored 16 touchdowns with 205 receptions for 1,631 yards. He made five touchdowns and rushed for 271 yards while leading the Rockets to win the GoDaddy Bowl in 2015. There he was voted the most valuable player of the tournament.
As a junior in 2015, Kareem Hunt had 12 touchdowns and rushed for 973 yards. Finishing his college career in 2016, he recorded 1,475 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His overall college career rushing yards of 4,945 made him the highest rusher in Toledo’s history and he was a third all-time rusher in MAC conference history. He also earned All-MAC First-team honors at the end of the season.
Professional Career Stats
The talented running back player declared his intention of joining the 2017 NFL draft and went on to feature in the combine drills. During the drills, the player finished the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, 20-yard split in 2.67 seconds and three-cone drills in 7.22 seconds. Kareem stands at a height of 5 feet 10.5 inches, weighs 216 pounds with an arm length of 31 3/8 inches. He was projected as a possible third rounder. While the 2017 NFL draft was going on, Kareem Hunt made his way into the Kansas City Chiefs draft list. From the draft record, he was the sixth running back to be chosen and the 86th player overall.
The running back made his first appearance for the Chiefs during the 2017 preseason. Following the absence of Spencer Ware who was injured, Kareem was named the team’s starting running back. He made his first professional league appearance on 7th September 2017 against the New England Patriots. He helped the Chiefs to seal their 42 – 27 win over the Patriots while rushing for 246 yards. His 246 yards becomes the highest ever in a debut game in NFL history. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month in September and in December of the same year; Kareem earned his first Pro Bowl selection. The running back ended his rookie season leading the league in rushing with a total of 1,327 yards.
His second professional season started on a good note before he was released by the Chiefs after 11 appearances. He back made a total of seven touchdowns and rushed for 824 yards for the season. He was fined $26, 739 in October 2018 following his unsportsmanlike attitude of lowering his helmet during a crucial game. Kareem won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after Chiefs week 9 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Assault Investigation and Possible Suspension
While the 2018 regular season was underway, a video footage surfaced online showing Kareem Hunt assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel. The video was released on TMZ on 30th November 2018 and the incident was said to have happened in February the previous year. Following the video, Kareem was placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list which made it impossible for the player to feature in his team’s practices and league games.
The league’s commissioner Roger Goodell also defended the league’s handling of the player’s misconduct off the field. He further stated that the league is doing an extraordinary job in enhancing zero tolerance for violence against women. The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other hand, laid off the player stating that Kareem had lied when he was asked about the incident.
Meanwhile, some reports have it that Kareem Hunt might be facing a six-match ban or possibly sitting out for the remainder of the 2018 season. Nevertheless, his suspension has not yet been confirmed as the case is still under investigation. Kareem is currently placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and is not associated with an NFL team at the moment. Interestingly, he is not the first top NFL star to have faced a long suspension; the Patriots star Tom Brady has equally faced a four-match ban for personal conduct policy violation among others.