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Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter
Hunter playing for the Titans
No. 11 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: May 20 1991 (1991-05-20) (age 28)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Listed height: 6 ft 4 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight: 203 lbs (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Virginia Beach
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
College: Tennessee (2010-2012)
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th
Selected by the Tennessee Titans
Playing career: 2012-present (8 years)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-SEC (2012)
Player stats at NFL.com

Justin Scott Hunter (born May 20, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee. Hunter was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

Hunter is also a world-class long jumper, and represented the United States at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships.

Early yearsEdit

Hunter was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach where he played football and basketball and ran track for the Ocean Lakes Dolphins. As a junior in 2008, he caught 34 passes for 545 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a senior in 2009, he caught 46 passes for 714 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was ranked as the eighth best wide receiver recruit and 75th best overall prospect in his class by Rivals.com.[1]

As a track and field athlete, Hunter was an accomplished jumper. He was ranked by Track & Field News as the third best long jumper, seventh best high jumper and fourteenth best triple jumper. He won Virginia state titles in long jump and high jump and settled for second place in the triple jump. His best long jump, 25'10¾", qualified him for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics.[2]

College careerEdit

Hunter enrolled in the University of Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 2010 to 2012 and competed for one season on Tennessee's track and field team. As a true freshman in 2010, Hunter started two of 13 games and had 16 receptions for 415 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging a team-leading 25.9 yards per catch. His first touchdown reception was a 35-yarder that came on a fourth-down play against Florida. Coming off the bench against Georgia, he caught 4 passes for 110 yards. In his second career start against Ole Miss, he caught 3 passes for 114 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. He was named to the Coaches' All-SEC Freshman Team.[1]

In track and field, Hunter set a Tennessee freshman record with a long jump measuring 26'1½". He was named a First Team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in the event and was also named to the SEC Indoor All-Freshman Team.[2]

Hunter started the first three games of his sophomore season in 2011 before tearing his ACL on his first catch in the game against Florida, which caused him to miss the rest of the season.[3] The injury also forced him to quit competing in track and field after one season.[2] For his limited season, he had 17 receptions for 314 yards with two touchdowns. He caught 6 passes for 146 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, against Montana in the first game of the season. Against Cincinnati, he caught 10 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. At the time of his injury, he was leading the SEC in receptions per game and receiving yards per game.[1]

Hunter started all 12 games in the 2012 season, and caught 73 passes for 1,083 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was third in the SEC in both total receiving yards and receiving yards per game. His total of 73 catches was the second-highest in school history for a single season (Marcus Nash had 76 in 1997). In the season-opener against N.C. State, he had 9 catches for 73 yards. Against Missouri, he caught 9 passes for 181 yards, his eighth career game with more than 100 yards receiving. After the 2012 season, he was named to the Coaches' All-SEC Second Team.[1]

On January 9, 2013, Hunter, along with college teammates Cordarrelle Patterson, Tyler Bray, and Darrington Sentimore — announced his intention to leave college early and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.[4]

Professional careerEdit

All values from NFL Combine[5]
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt<th>Arm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 196 lb<td align="center">33 in<td align="center">9 ⅜ in 4.36 s 1.56 s 2.52 s 4.33 s 39.5 in 11 ft 4 in

Tennessee TitansEdit

The Tennessee Titans selected Hunter in the second round (34th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[6]

On June 13, 2013, the Titans signed Hunter to a four-year, $5.42 million contract with $3.43 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.32 million.[7][8]

On September 22, 2013, he caught his first NFL pass, a 34-yard touchdown that would prove the game-winning score in the Titans' 20-17 win over San Diego.[9] He caught his second career pass for a 16-yard touchdown against the New York Jets the following week. In the Titans' 23-19 win over the Oakland Raiders on November 24, Hunter caught six passes for 109 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown.[10] He posted another strong game two weeks later against Denver, catching 4 passes for 114 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception and a 57-yard catch that set up the Titans' first touchdown.[11][12] On Monday, November 16, 2015, Hunter was added to the Season-Ending Injury Reserve list after having surgery the day before to repair a fractured ankle suffered in the team's previous game in which they lost to the Carolina Panthers[13][14]

The Titans waived Hunter on September 2, 2016.[15]

Miami DolphinsEdit

The Miami Dolphins claimed Hunter off waivers on September 4, 2016. [16] On September 15, 2016, he agreed to take a $387,389 paycut, in order to stay with the Dolphins.[7] He was released on September 28, 2016.[17]

Buffalo BillsEdit

Hunter was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills after Sammy Watkins was placed on injured reserve on September 30, 2016.[18]

He made his Buffalo Bills debut on October 9, 2016 against the Los Angeles Rams and finished with one catch for 4 yards and a touchdown. The following week he caught his second catch and touchdown with Buffalo on a 30-yard reception from Tyrod Taylor as the Bills went on to beat the San Francisco 49ers 45-16.[19] On November 27, 2016, Hunter caught a game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and helped the Bills defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-21.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On March 15, 2017, Hunter signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 20, 2015, Hunter turned himself into Virginia Beach police following a large bar fight which occurred on July 3 in Virginia Beach. He was arrested and held without bond.[21] On January 28, 2017, Hunter and his long term girlfriend, with whom he has two children, became engaged.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Justin Hunter Profile," UTSports.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Aiming High: Sky's the Limit for WR Justin Hunter", Tennessee Titans, October 28, 2014. Retrieved on 20 July 2015. 
  3. Tennessee Volunteers lose Justin Hunter for season with torn ACL. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 21 July 2015.
  4. GoVolsXtra. govolsxtra.com. Retrieved on 21 July 2015.
  5. Justin Hunter, NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved: 11 January 2014.
  6. 2013 Draft Board, Sporting News. Retrieved: 26 April 2013.
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  8. "Justin Hunter Signs Contract With Tennessee Titans," NFL.com, 14 June 2013. Retrieved: 23 September 2013.
  9. Teresa Walker, "Former UT Player Justin Hunter Catches Game-Winning Pass as Tennessee Titans Beat San Diego Chargers," Jackson Sun, 23 September 2013. Retrieved: 23 September 2013.
  10. Justin Hunter: 2013 Game Logs, NFL.com. Retrieved: 25 November 2013.
  11. Craig Peters, "Justin Hunter Catches 41-yard TD," Titansonline.com, 8 December 2013.
  12. Denver vs. Tennessee Box Score, ESPN.com, 8 December 2013.
  13. "Titans WR Justin Hunter, CB Jason McCourty done for season", 16 November 2015. Retrieved on 17 November 2015. 
  14. "Injuries: Eagles' Ryan Mathews (concussion) sidelined", NFL.com, 17 November 2015. Retrieved on 17 November 2015. 
  15. Kuharsky, Paul (September 2, 2016). Titans release Justin Hunter, Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster. ESPN.com. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  16. Florio, Mike. "Dolphins claim Justin Hunter on waivers", NBCSports.com, September 4, 2016. Retrieved on September 4, 2016. 
  17. Wesseling, Chris. Dolphins waive former second-round WR Justin Hunter. Retrieved on September 28, 2016.
  18. Brown, Chris (September 30, 2016). Bills place Watkins on I-R; sign WR Hunter. BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
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  20. Varley, Teresa (March 15, 2017). Steelers agree to terms with Justin Hunter.
  21. "Report: Titans WR Justin Hunter Arrested For July 4th Weekend Assault", Deadspin, Gawker Media, July 20, 2015. Retrieved on 20 July 2015. 

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