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Five Things to Know About RB Akeem Hunt

Hunt has thrived on special teams so far this season

The Kansas City Chiefs promoted running back Akeem Hunt to the active roster on Sept. 16, and since then, the third-year tailback has averaged over 35 yards on three kickoff returns.

Here are five things to know about Hunt:

1. Hunt entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2015

The New York Giants signed Hunt following the 2015 Draft, but he was waived prior to the beginning of the regular season. He spent some time on the Baltimore Raven's practice squad in October before signing with Houston a few weeks later.

2. He's made the most of his opportunities on the field

Hunt played in 15 games prior to signing with Kansas City, all with the Texans, in his two-year career. He tallied 205 rushing yards on 37 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt, and caught nine passes for 68 yards.


3. Hunt was active in the relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey

While still with the Texans this preseason, Hunt was nursing a hamstring injury and stayed in Houston while the team traveled to New Orleans to play the Saints. Hurricane Harvey hit while he was still in town, and he witnessed the devastation first hand. He was one of a several players to help with the relief efforts.

Hunt talked about his experience with the Houston Chronicle.

"It was crazy, but I was very blessed," Hunt said. "Five minutes from my house, the streets were flooded. It's humbling to see. If you didn't get your groceries before they closed, it was tough. I had stuff to get me past the first day."

"I had to wait like three days later to get food. Everything is great. I'm just here to help. I'm happy to help any way that I can."

4. Hunt played four seasons at Purdue University

Hunt saw his rushing totals improve in each of his four seasons with the Boilermakers, leading Purdue in rushing yards in 2013 and 2014. His 5.48 yards per carry ranks fifth in school history, and his 1,747 kick return yards rank third.

In addition to rushing yards, he also led Purdue in receptions in 2014 as a senior, winning team offensive MVP honors.


5. Hunt played against fellow Chief D.J. White in high school

A graduate of Newton High School in Covington, Ga., Hunt once rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns against Union Grove High School his junior year.

On that Union Grove team was a familiar face in Chiefs' defensive back D.J. White.

Years later, both players are teammates in the NFL.

"I didn't know that we played against each other until we talked about it last week," Hunt said. "It took me back to my high school days. I remember they scheduled us for their homecoming that game. It took me back, those were the good ole days. It's a small world."

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