Where are they Now? Former Blazer Sam Hunt from QB to song writer

By on September 7, 2012
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In 2002 Sam Hunt was named Co-Offensive player of the year, but little did he know what was in store for his future. He went on to play for Middle Tennessee, and he would later be quarterback for the Blazers. In 2003, he dressed for every game but saw no field time. The next year he had limited action in six games, and took a red shirt the next year.

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In 2005, Hunt finally made his appearance with UAB by joining the Blazers and taking a red shirt for the second time. Hunt was only able to play in 7 games during the 2006 season because of several injuries. He finished the season with an excellent completion percentage.

Unfortunately for Hunt, he was not able to start in the season opening game against the nationally ranked Oklahoma Sooners, but he was able to come off the bench and rushed for 65 yards on 15 carries and hit nine out of 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.

After graduating from UAB, Hunt worked as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs and tried to find a spot in professional football. With little success in professional football Hunt moved to Nashville in search of a new career in music, and had no idea what was in store for him.

The former Blazer quarterback was in his kitchen the moment when his luck changed. He received a text message that Kenny Chesney’s new single, “Come Over”–which was written by himself and two others–was playing on the radio. Hunt immediately found the closest radio and listened to a song he had co-written.

Most of us will never know what having your words played through the speakers of the radio feels like, but at least we have Hunt’s description to sympathize with. “Going through this whole process of moving up to Nashville, kind of dreaming it and not knowing much about how it worked,” Hunt explained. “To have something you could touch or hear coming through the speakers created a lot of emotions in that moment.”

It’s now all such a blur to Hunt. He doesn’t even remember how Chesney came to first hear the song, but he was thrilled when it was chosen for the album.

This was a huge step in Hunt’s musical career. It wasn’t his first song to sell, but it was definitely the most successful. So far he’s sold “Real Good, Feel Good” that was recorded on one of Neal McCoy’s albums.

Hunt was shocked by it all, “I didn’t really know you could make a living in song-writing; I was just very fortunate to have the opportunity to play a few songs for a guy there named Jimmy Ritchey. Through that meeting, I met another couple guys and ended up getting a publishing deal in Nashville.”

Right now he is focusing on writing new songs and taking inventory of the ones he always has. Hunt’s goal is to create his own album next.

Taylor Suttle
Staff Writer
tsuttle@uab.edu

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