One of the most exciting games of Thursday Night Football game of week 10 between the Ravens and Dolphins was a game that didn’t even count.
Miami watchman Robert Hunt showed impressive athleticism given his height – 6-6, 327 pounds – and enormous attention when he caught a touchdown pass 13 minutes from time in the fourth quarter of Miami’s eventual 22-10 storm against Baltimore .
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Ultimately, the score was recalled because Hunt was classified as an unauthorized receiver who illegally touched Tua Tagovailoa’s screen pass. But, like most of Big-Man’s touchdowns, it took Twitter by storm and people immediately enjoyed it.
Right guards are people too. Come on, officials. Let it go. We need a TD. POWER to Robert Hunt for providing us with a real highlight
1) Mossed his own F’kin running back
2) Jerk a defender out of his own knuckles
3) Spun 360 degrees over his head and reached out to BREAK the plane of GL !!!
AND YOU HAVE YOUR TD AWAY!?!? pic.twitter.com/uF8SQb68iR
– Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 12, 2021
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Of course, Hunt became a topic of conversation after the game. He sat down with NFL Network to break down what happened in the play.
“I was just trying to win at the time,” said Hunt. “Even if it didn’t count, it didn’t click in my head that it didn’t count. I was just trying to score.”
Here’s everything you need to know about the man behind one of the games in the game in Ravens vs. Dolphins:
Has Robert Hunt ever played a receiver?
Of course, when Hunt saw his athleticism, ball skills, and ability to run, one of the first questions Hunt was asked was whether he had ever played receiver.
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The answer is a bit, according to Hunt, but not recently.
“In high school, I played a little receiver and tight end,” said Hunt.
After being pushed down by multiple Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., Hunt admitted that he played more tight end as a receiver. And although his days as a passport catcher at Burkeville High School in Texas are behind him, Hunt said his Dolphins teammates couldn’t help but give him props – well, some of them, anyway.
“The guys just laughed at me and said, ‘That doesn’t count, man,'” said Hunt. “But I also have a couple of guys who said to me, ‘That was nice, that was the best piece I saw tonight.'”
Where did Robert Hunt go to college?
Hunt, 25, didn’t play his college ball on a Blue Blood program. Instead, he traveled east from Burkeville to play under Billy Napier in Louisiana and chose the Ragin ‘Cajuns over Houston.
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He spent five years at Lafayette, playing for Napier and seeing action in 45 games.
Hunt’s best seasons were in 2018 as a Redshirt Junior when he was named the All-Sun Second Team Belt and as a Redshirt Senior in 2019 when he was named the All-Sun First Team Belt and an invitation to the Senior Bowl received.
When was Robert Hunt drafted?
The Dolphins won Hunt in the 2020 NFL Draft in the second round (39th overall) ahead of players like Jonathan Taylor, Chase Claypool and Trevon Diggs.
Hunt received a pre-design grade suggesting he would be a beginner within his first two years, which has come true.
“He’s so physical in the running game; it only destroys defenders at the point of attack, “ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said of Hunt ahead of the 2020 draft.
Hunt has played 26 games in his first two seasons, starting 11 of 16 games last year and all 10 Miami games this year.