A Person of Interest…

Three years from now, will anyone remember Kendall Hinton?

Credit: Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images. Pictured: Kendall Hinton

He was a state championship football player at a high school in North Carolina.  As a junior he was responsible for over 60 touchdowns in an undefeated season.  His coach said had he been 6 foot 1 instead of 5-10, he’d have been a star.
He wound up a backup quarterback at Wake Forest.  He got mono.  He got suspended.  He got moved to wide receiver.  He went undrafted to the Denver Broncos in the NFL who cut him in training camp.  Was selling candy bars to help fund raising high school kids.  That’s when things got weird.

Nov 29, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Kendall Hinton (2) reacts with a member of the Broncos staff before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver called him back.  Put him on the practice squad and intended to keep him there.  But when all four of their quarterbacks wound up on the Covid list, Kendall Hinton became a person of interest.  An investigation was launched.  It turned out Hinton, with his curious past, was the only rostered player with quarterback experience.  
“Hey kid.  You want to quarterback an NFL team tomorrow?”
That of course is how it went.  No Rudy ending here.  1 for 9 passing, for just 13 yards.  Two interceptions.  Denver lost to New Orleans 31-3. 

“The most eventful day of my life,” said Hinton.  But still he added, “It’s not the way it turned out in my dreams.”
With all due respect to Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller who made some history of her own this week, it rarely is. 

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