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Texans' Swanson Looks To Follow In Kareem Hunt's Footsteps

Hunt's college teammate says he learned a valuable lesson from the Chiefs star

May 12, 2018 - 1:11 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Before moving onto the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt passed along some key advice to Terry Swanson, his understudy at Toledo.

"Just how to take care of my body, that was one thing," he said. 

The other thing was probably more important.

"Learn how to deal with lineman, you gotta treat those guys well off the field as well," he said. "Feeding them, maybe doing a couple of errands for them, do what you gotta do."

Swanson is now a member of the Texans after going undrafted in last month's draft. After serving three seasons as Hunt's backup, He ran for 1,363 yards and 14 touchdowns last season while Hunt was putting together a monster campaign in the NFL.

"I'm somebody that can break the big play and someone who can chew the clock a little bit and can catch out the backfield."

While he didn't get drafted, the Texans and Swanson were familiar with one another after the running back visited the Texans before the draft, and he's just glad everything worked out the way that it did.

"This is a great team," he said. "That why I chose to come here, great coaches, a great staff. That's why I want to be a Texan."

After the Chiefs selected him in the third round, Hunt ran for 1,327 yards while catching 53 passes out of the backfield as a rookie, finishing second in rookie of the year voting, seven votes behind Alvin Kamara. It's clear Hunt should've been taken higher and Swanson thinks guys that come from smaller schools, like Toledo, get overlooked, which gives those players something to prove.

"Sometimes the smaller schools don't get looked at, but I believe you do have to have that chip on your shoulder, and that's just where I come from, and how I was raised."

Swanson is one of seven running backs currently on the Texans roster, joining Lamar Miller, D'Onta Foreman, Tyler Ervin, Alfred Blue, Troymaine Pope, and Lavon Coleman.