The Legend of Margus
Every year, there's at least one guy who turns in an absolutely ridiculous performance at the NFL Combine, causing bloggers, NFL Network hosts, and fans across the country to drool over his great "measurables" and "tremendous upside." Focusing on individual players and how their stock is "rising" or "falling" at the NFL Combine is a little bit silly, given how few of the activities at the annual Underwear Olympics actually translate to the football field.
But this year, there's a guy running around at Lucas Oil Stadium whose story is just too good to pass up. Whether or not the Packers have interest in him is irrelevant, and you'll see why in a second.
The guy we're talking about (pictured to the left) is Southern Methodist University defensive end Margus Hunt, and under the radar player who's been lighting things up in Indianapolis this week. He stands 6'8" and weighs 277 pounds and appears to have been carved rather than born. This week at the combine he clocked a 4.6 second 40-yard dash. He also benched pressed 225 pounds 38 times.
Hunt is a bit raw on the football field, but he's got a good excuse: he's only been playing the sport since 2009. Why? Well, he used to be a world class shot putter and disc thrower, even holding the world junior record for discus at one point. He also won gold medals in the shot put and discus throw at the World Junior Championships in 2006.
Growing up in Estonia (not even kidding) he took up track events because he was bored, then moved to Dallas in 2007 to train with SMU's track coach. But by the time he got to campus, the university had dropped their track program, so he tried out for football. Predictably, he dominated, and now he's getting ready to take his game to the NFL.
He also has a pretty awesome wolf tattoo, although given how manly his back story is, that's probably just a birthmark.
As far as a good legend goes, Hunt's probably can only get better if he wins the Super Bowl by literally tearing an opposing player's arm off and using it to beat the quarterback senseless. The fun part is that wherever he ends up, we have the privilege of watching him figure out the NFL game and grow. Will he be a star? Will he wash out? We don't know, but we do know he has a fun story already, and watching what happens next is part of what makes sports fun.