Ernest Hemingway once said, “Never mistake motion for action.” It’s a phrase the Kansas City Chiefs‘ seventh round draft pick, Junior Hemingway, apparently understands. He only had three receiving yards on one reception in the Chiefs’ season opener, but it was for a touchdown and essentially sealed the victory. I’ve been unable to find any way in which they are related, but I have found a connection between the two.
Kenneth Earl Hemingway Jr. was born in Conway, SC. A two hour drive west will land you in Columbia, home of the South Carolina Gamecocks. The “Cocks,” as they’re referred to, are members of the SEC football conference and coached by Steve Spurrier, former head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback for the Florida Gators in 1966 and coached them to a national championship 30 years late; you might say Junior was born in “football country”. The Division I college in Conway was actually an affiliate of USC from 1960 to 1993.
Junior chose to play football in the Big Ten, however, signing with Michigan in 2007, where he played in 10 games as a true freshman. He wore No. 21, a Wolverine jersey worn previously by Heisman winner Desmond Howard. He represented well, leading the conference in yards per reception in both 2010 an 2011. He was the 2012 Sugar Bowl’s Most Outstanding Player, after scoring Michigan’s two touchdowns in a 23-20 win over Virginia Tech.
Hemingway also said, “Courage is grace under fire”. I’d say Junior knows what courage is. Listed as third on the Chiefs depth chart at wide receiver, he chose to wear No. 88, the number that currently holds all of Kansas City’s receiving records (Tony Gonzales).
Hemingway’s first writing gig was with the Kansas City Star. Junior Hemingway looks to be a star in Kansas City. Oh, and if he’d decided to play college ball in his hometown, he’d have been a Coastal Carolina Chanticleer. The college’s mascot is the proud, witty rooster, made famous by another renowned writer in Chaucer’s: Canterbury Tales.
Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google