Posted by Tom Fornelli
My football playing experiences ended in high school, as I never went on to play the game in college. Still, even though I only played in high school, it was readily apparent to me that in order to play the sport, you have to love the sport. It's not the type of sport in which somebody can fake their way through, unless they're so talented that it just doesn't matter.
If you aren't devoting yourself to football, then it's time to stop playing football. Which is exactly what Mississippi State linebacker Michael Hunt did. Following practice on Wednesday, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen explained to the media that Hunt had left the team.
"He didn't like to play football anymore," Mullen said. "He lost his love of the game."
Mullen also said he doesn't expect Hunt to change his mind.
Hunt only played in 16 games during his first two seasons in Starkville, making 21 tackles in that time as a reserve linebacker. He was expected to become a starter in 2011, as he entered spring on top of the depth chart.
This news may bother some Mississippi State fans, but the fact is that Hunt is doing everybody a favor by leaving the team. If he no longer enjoys playing football, and doesn't want to be there, then he wouldn't be helping anybody to stick around.