Margus Hunt at 2014 Bengals training camp
No. 99 Cincinnati Bengals
Date of birth:
(1987-07-14) July 14, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth:
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
295 lb (134 kg)
2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
Cincinnati Bengals (2013–present)
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-C-USA (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Player stats at NFL.com
Margus Hunt (born July 14, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bengals in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at SMU.
Before taking up American football, Hunt competed in the discus throw and shot put, and was the former world junior record holder in discus throw. At 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m), he is one of the tallest players in the NFL, hence his nickname, The Estonian Giant.
1 Early years
2 College football career
3 Professional football career
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Hunt grew up in the small town Karksi-Nuia and took up athletics because “there wasn’t much to do”. After trying decathlon he decided to concentrate on the throwing events – discus, shot and hammer throw. Hunt started training with Aleksander Tammert, an Olympic bronze medalist in discus throw from the 2004 Summer Olympics. Hunt competed in hammer throw at the 2003 World Youth Championships and discus at the 2004 World Junior Championships, placing eighth and sixth respectively.
In 2005, he won his first title at the European Junior Championships in Kaunas, throwing 62.19 metres with the 1.75 kg discus.
In 2006, at the World Junior Championships in Beijing Hunt established a new world junior record of 66.35 metres in his first throw on the qualifying round. At the final competition Hunt improved his own world junior record to 66.68 m in the fourth round and then 67.32 m in the sixth and final round. His gold medal was the first World Junior gold medal for Estonia.
Three days later he won the gold medal in the shot put by 20.53 metres in the final, beating the closest competitor by 39 cen