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Kareem Hunt: “I want to be known as a guy who can do it all”

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football this morning, and because of a recent report that he and Patrick Mahomes enjoy trips to the local Top Golf, the panel had Hunt putt on the show (pictured).

It took him just one try to knock the putt down.

“Call me baby Tiger Woods,” he said.

But before the putt-off, Hunt sat down for an insightful interview:

On whether he feels he gets the respect he deserves:

“I mean, sometimes. I feel like I’m getting it now. Coming up, I definitely didn’t feel like I was getting the respect I deserved. I just put that right here (in his mind) and went out there and just—now you have to show and be about it.”

On who he thinks will be the next Kareem Hunt in the 2018 NFL Draft:

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Terry Swanson (#2) with Kareem Hunt (#3)
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“There’s a lot of good backs but I have a boy named Terry Swanson coming up from Toledo. Coming up, he was always pushing me at Toledo in my days. He was behind me, but he was a guy who was always pushing me to get better. I was like, ‘Oh, this young cat has some skills. I have to sharpen up a bit, make sure he doesn’t come take my job.’

“I really like him and another guy I like is Rashaad Penny (San Diego State). I think he’s a good back, too.”

On hearing the Chiefs acquired WR Sammy Watkins:

“I was excited because Sammy Watkins is a big-time player and he can make big plays, and we got a quarterback who is going to put it out there, so I’m excited to see what he brings to the table. I know Sammy Watkins is excited to be on the Chiefs, too. I’m ready to see what these big plays are about.”

On Andy Reid wanting to get him more involved in the passing game:

“I definitely love that. Anytime I can get the ball I love it, especially in the open field and not having to go through the big boys in the trenches all the time, so I like getting the ball in the open on the field.”

On whether route running is in his skill set:

“Definitely. I want to be known as a guy who can do it all. Le’Veon (Bell) is a great receiver out of the backfield and route-runner.”

On Eric Berry returning to the Chiefs this season:

“Honestly, Eric Berry—he’s the heart and soul of that defense. He’s such a great leader. I just always love hearing him talk. He goes out there and preaches before the game. He just brings the fire out of you. Having him back, he always brings some juice no matter what he’s doing. He was hurt and still out there giving us speeches and getting us all fired up. Eric Berry is such a great teammate. I’m excited to see him come back because I know what type of player he is and he’s just a guy you want on your team.”

On his relationship with Mahomes:

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“Our relationship is real close. Me and Pat, we’re always hanging out, having a good time, playing video games, stuff like that. Me and Pat, we go to Top Golf all the time, just hanging out. One thing about him, I think he’s the most competitive person I know. He always is trying to compete and do something. He hates losing and he is just a guy you really don’t want to face. Honestly, he’s good at anything he does. He can play basketball, he can play good at golf. He’s an athlete, definitely.”

On Mahomes’ swing at Top Golf:

“He’s hitting the back net.”

On how Mahomes’ arm:

“He can throw on the run like no other. He’s just putting that ball in places that I’ve never seen any zip.”

On how far Mahomes can throw:

“I’m thinking about 80-85 (yards).”

On what Mahomes’ nickname is on the team:

“Pattycake, that’s what (Travis) Kelce calls him.”

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