John Hunt (American football)

John Stephen Hunt (born November 6, 1962) is a former professional American football guard in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at the University of Florida.

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Personal information
Born: (1962-11-06) November 6, 1962 (age 57)
Orlando, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school:Edgewater (Orlando, Florida)
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 11 / Pick: 304
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Hunt attended Edgewater High School, where he played football and baseball. He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Florida.[1]

He became a regular starter at left guard as a junior.[2] Even though he broke a hand on October 8, 1983, against Vanderbilt University, he started the final 22 games of his college career. As a senior, he was considered a key player in the team's improved running game.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Hunt was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round (232nd overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft.[3] On September 28, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a back injury.[4] He returned to the roster in week eight, but wasn't active until the twelfth game, replacing an injured Howard Richards.

In the Thanksgiving game against the New England Patriots, he was forced to play at right guard when starter Kurt Petersen injured an ankle in the first half. He performed well the rest of the contest and started the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was released on August 27, 1985.[5]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

After the players went on a strike on the third week of the 1987 season, those games were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. Hunt was signed to be a part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers replacement team.[6] He was a backup player, before being released at the end of the strike.

Coaching careerEdit

Hunt coached high school football from 1992 to 1998. In 1999, he was named the offensive line coach for the University of Florida.[7] In 2002, he was named the offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins.[8] In 2004, he was named the offensive line coach for the University of South Carolina and remained there until 2008.[9]

Hunt is currently the head football coach and a Personal Fitness teacher at Woodward Academy. He was named the AAAA Georgia Football Coach of the Year for 2014, when for the first time since 1997, Woodward advanced to the state championship semifinals after capturing the region championship.[10]


  1. ^ "Pell Juggles Florida's Depth Chart". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Six Auburn players on All-SEC team". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cowboys Sing Three". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Transactions". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Transactions". Ellensburg Daily Record. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Brantley on facing hostile crowd at Alabama". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Spurrier To Tap UF Roots". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "John Hunt Named Assistant Football Coach At South Carolina University of South Carolina Official Athletic Site". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Woodward Academy Coaches". Retrieved April 30, 2018.

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