OKC Yard Dawgz: The ‘Hunt’ is still on

By Robert Przybylo Published: April 27, 2009
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He’s been called everything from Mr. Reliable to an arenafootball2 legend, but none of those unofficial titles really mean anything to Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz wide receiver Al Hunt.

In the end, it’s simple: "I love football. My life has always been about football.”

Hunt is the only player that has been with the team since its inception in 2004.

He’s seen the good, and he’s seen the bad.

He’s had offers from other teams throughout the years, but he said his heart is in Oklahoma City.

Hunt is still a consistent threat for the Yard Dawgz, who are off to their best start in franchise history at 4-0.

But what he provides off the field and at practice is just as vital as to what he does in those 60 minutes on the field.

"He’s someone you don’t want to disappoint,” fullback Freddie Rollins said. "Everyone knows he’s a great player, but I think he’s an even better guy.”

Hunt set the tone early heading into training camp. After a rough last year, both professionally and personally, Hunt was beginning to question where his heart was.

He said for the first time, the thought crossed his mind about maybe stepping away.

But when he found out who head coach Sparky McEwen was trying to bring in and did bring in for this season, Hunt realized the organization was committed to winning.

"I owed it to the team and to the organization to come in at my best,” Hunt said. "I see the potential this team has.”

A native of Gainesville, Fla., Hunt attended Northwestern Oklahoma State.