His sights are now set on helping the Cleveland Browns reach the same pedestal.
“I think we can do something special here,” Hunt said Monday afternoon on a Zoom call with reporters. “I want to get that Super Bowl feeling and I believe we can do it here in my hometown, and that would be bigger than anything, to bring a championship to Cleveland.”
When Hunt was pulled over in late January on Interstate 90 and cited for speeding, he lamented to the officer his frustration of not being with the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
“I should be playing for a freaking Super Bowl. It hurts my soul,” Hunt could be heard saying on the dashcam video of the traffic stop.
During that stop, the officer seized small amounts of marijuana and an open container, but he chose not to cite Hunt for either. With that incident behind him and the Vince Lombardi trophy in the Chiefs trophy case, Hunt has been able to refocus himself.
“I have moved on from that. I love those guys,” Hunt said. “I got brothers on that team. I came in with a lot of those players. Love the coaches there. All good people and they deserved it, and I am happy for them. I talk to a lot of them and I am very happy for them. They are champs. They deserve it. I know how hard that team works and how hard they stress to be great.”
To win it all, Hunt will be counted on to do his part.
Like he did when he returned from his eight-game suspension, Hunt will share carries with Nick Chubb, who finished 46 yards behind Derrick Henry for the rushing title with 1,496 yards.
“Whenever my numbers called, I’m going to be ready to go,” Hunt said. “It doesn’t matter when – if it’s the passing game or running the football – whenever my number is called I’ll be ready so I’m looking forward to that However they want to use me, just let me know.”
The addition of Austin Hooper at tight end this offseason mixed in with David Njoku as well as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry has many asking, are there enough footballs to go around to keep everyone happy?
“We gotta know there’s only one football,” Hunt said. “So, everybody isn’t going to have a big game. As long as we won, that’s the only thing that matters. We’ve got to understand that and if we’re winning, I’m not mad. I’m going to do whatever if that’s blocking to help win or whatever – touchdowns, block, whatever – but we all got to know that there’s only one football and some games, shoot, Odell might have 200 yards and some games Nick [Chubb] might have 400 yards or whatever and Jarvis might have 10 or something like that, but we won. So that’s the only thing that matters.”
Hunt plans to meet up with quarterback Baker Mayfield and other teammates before camp begins to work out.
It’ll be their first work together since last season with this offseason relegating them to video conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The only thing it set back was timing,” Hunt said. “We just gotta get our timing of our routes and stuff like that but we all can be on the same page if we’re all in the playbook and studying hard, I feel like we can come back and play fast and just have good communication. That’s the biggest thing, communication and timing.”
As for his contract, Hunt is on a one-year, $3.259 million deal he signed after being tendered as a restricted free agent this offseason.
He is hopeful he’ll stay beyond 2020.
“I would definitely love to be part of something like this,” Hunt said. “Everybody’s here that I care about. I know everybody and the whole town.
“I would not mind playing for the Browns for a long time.”