The humorous exchange, along with other glimpses of Hunter's personality and competitiveness, was documented by HBO in the recent series "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys."
The six-part series followed players trying to earn their keep with the Cowboys during six weeks of sweat and nerves in San Antonio, Texas. A 16-person NFL film crew followed the action on practice fields, in hotel rooms and behind the closed doors of coaches' meetings about players.
Hunter became a character the producers seemed to enjoy. They wove his long-shot story into many of the episodes. At VUU, fans were watching.
"Well we're excited, of course," says Bonnie Davis, director of university communications. And even if Hunter got in a few digs about the size of VUU's football program, she says, "it's just heartwarming for us."
Besides, smallness can be a strength, says VUU athletic director Michael Bailey. "We're in the position here where we can mentor and model, and promote leaders."
The competitive edge Hunter showed on the series was evident in college, Bailey says; so was his drive in the classroom. "He was a student first," Bailey says. "That's why he was in a position to graduate on time."
The Dallas Cowboys saw something they liked, too. After training camp, they signed the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Hunter as a cornerback. He is No. 47 and will be with the team when it plays the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (His roommate, Johnson, was signed to the practice squad.) Jason Roop
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