CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt has had a controversial past, but after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns were willing to take a chance on him and on Sunday showed their support to running back as he aims to be a man reborn.
In February of this year, the Browns signed Hunt to a one-year deal, giving him a second chance after being subsequently cut from the Chief’s roster when he was caught on camera shoving, pushing and kicking a woman.
Hunt has taken that second chance very seriously, speaking to high school students about his mistakes, attending weekly counseling and on Sunday, being baptized.
Browns General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Freddie Kitchens attended Hunt’s baptism ceremony, according to a post from Hunt’s agent Dan Saffron.
“Sunday’s watching my guy [Kareem Hunt] take steps. Love the support of his GM and Head Coach,” the post said.
Since his signing, Hunt has voiced how grateful he is that the Browns gave him a second chance and has attributed the changes he’s made to his faith.
“It definitely turned out to be good, landing in a situation like the Browns and being close to home again. I definitely didn’t know [if I would get signed by another team]. I just had to sit back, keep faith and just better myself as a person.”
The Browns are impressed with the way Hunt has handled his second chance so far.
“I love Kareem. He is putting the work in. What I really love more than anything about Kareem is he is handling his business off the field. He is being the person and he is continuing to try to be the person that he wants to be and that everybody here wants him to be, and we are going to continue to support him in every way possible to do that,” Kitchens said.
Dorsey has also seen the work Hunt has put in—both on and off the field.
“I think Kareem has done one heck of a job. He has been working his fanny off in the building. I could not be happier with how hard he is working in the building. I could not be happier with how hard he is working out of the building. That is all you can ask of him. He is committed to doing the proper steps here in getting this thing moving forward.”
Hunt is using his faith to guide him on his journey to redemption with the Browns, and the team seems to be supporting him along the way.