Monday, April 13, 2015

Draft Diary Series: Mike Hull

Daniel House chats with Penn State linebacker Mike Hull and learns more about his preparation for the NFL Draft.

Growing up in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mike Hull knew his dream at the age of nine. As he walked the streets of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Hull participated in all of the backyard sports competitions. Living in a large neighborhood with kids fueled his passion and love for sports. It didn’t matter if he was playing baseball, basketball, football, or wrestling with friends, Hull wanted to be the best.

Hull’s dad, Tom, and uncle, John, played linebacker at Penn State in the 1970’s. Tom was drafted in the 12th round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and would later join the Green Bay Packers. Now, young Mike Hull says the knowledge of those in his family helped him become enthralled with football. 

“[My dad and I] always watched Monday Night Football and games on the weekend and he wouldn’t let me play. He wanted me to wait until middle school to play because he didn’t want me to get burnt out. I used to just beg him every single day. Finally, one year when I was nine, I hit the field and never looked back,” Hull recalled. 

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