Former SMU star Margus Hunt learned how to play football on Madden, in Estonia

 Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Margus Hunt (92) stretches to bring down Memphis Tigers quarterback Jacob Karam (9) during the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The Mustangs defeated the Tigers 44-13. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Margus Hunt (92) stretches to bring down Memphis Tigers quarterback Jacob Karam (9) during the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The Mustangs defeated the Tigers 44-13. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Most NFL draftees grow up playing pee wee football, before moving onto high school, college and ultimately the pros. For some, however, the path to the NFL is a little less traveled.

Mark former SMU defensive end Margus Hunt into the category of “less traveled.”

Hunt is a native of Estonia, where he was a shot put and discus champion. While he wasn’t lifting trophies at track and field events, he was fine tuning his American football skills by playing Madden.

Yes, the Madden football game that so many kids (and grown adults for that matter) play in America was Hunt’s coach.

This is what kids all across the U.S. have been waiting to hear for years. Now they have an excuse every time their parents tell them to stop playing video games.

The only thing they need to do now is to grow to the mammoth size and develop the unreal athletic ability that Hunt has. Listed at 6-foot-8 and 227-pounds, his 4.6-second 40-yard dash was faster at the NFL Combine than that of record-setting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (sorry Ball, you know we love you here at Gamedayr!).

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