Jason Hunter (American football)
Hunter with the Broncos in 2010
August 28, 1983 |
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||271 lb (123 kg)|
|High school:||E. E. Smith (Fayetteville, North Carolina)|
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Jason Terrell Hunter (born August 28, 1983) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Appalachian State.
During his college tenure at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, he was instrumental in his team's achieving the NCAA I-AA National Football Championship in 2005 a year in which he was named an All-Conference and Second-team All-American honoree. As a senior, Hunter had 101 tackles (51 solo) 24.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in 15 starts. He also had three defensive touchdowns, two off of fumbles and one off an interception. In 2004, he finished with 31 tackles (14 solo), including two stops for loss and 1.5 sacks, in 11 games. In 2003, he played in 12 games, collecting 30 tackles (23 solo), including four stops for loss and 3.5 sacks, and four passes defensed. He had 25 tackles (22 solo), including eight stops for loss and six sacks,three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 12 games as a true freshman in 2002. In 50 games (15 starts) over four years at Appalachian State, concluded career with 186 tackles (110 solo), 38.5 stops for loss, 24 sacks, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception.
Green Bay Packers
Jason Hunter was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2006, he earned a roster spot in 2006 training camp and played in 14 games as a rookie. He saw limited play on defense in seven contests and recorded a pair of solo tackles He had also had eight special teams tackles and registered the Packers’ lone 2006 onside kick recovery. In the 2007 season Hunter was a key to the Packers special teams unit, acquiring 15 tackles and a forced fumble. In week 11 of the 2008 season Hunter returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. Hunter became a restricted Free Agent after the season but was re signed by the Packers on March 16, 2009. However, the Packers waived him on May 4.
Hunter was signed by the Detroit Lions on May 6, 2009. After one season with Detroit, Hunter was released on August 16, 2010.
Hunter signed with the Denver Broncos on August 20, 2010. Following his signing he was informed by the team that he would be playing a new position. He was moved to linebacker from defensive end. "They said I'm going to be a linebacker here. I've never played 'backer in my life, so this is going to be a huge challenge for me," Hunter said. "I'm going to have to work hard every day and challenge myself." 
On April 27, 2011, Detroit police said that Hunter had been stabbed and taken to a local hospital. Officer Dan Donakowski says Hunter was stabbed Wednesday, but police didn’t have any additional information, including where the incident took place, who was responsible and Hunter’s condition. The hospital wasn’t disclosed. The Broncos released a statement saying the team hopes Hunter “makes a quick recovery,” but that out of respect for his privacy, it wouldn’t comment further.