Former Ricebird Cole Hunt will have a chance to play in the NFL after getting signed by the Los Angeles Chargers.

In the NFL draft, no Ricebirds were selected, but Hunt was quickly snapped up by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent.

“We’re very proud of Cole,” Ricebirds Head Coach Wayne Condra said. “He’s one of those kids that has worked really hard to get to the position that he’s at. When he goes to Los Angeles they’re going to see that they got somebody really special and hardworking, I like his chances.”

Hunt for the Ricebirds in 2012 was named the AP’s defensive player of the year and in college, he played tight end for the Rice Owls and the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.

Another former Ricebird, Trey Martin was also hoping to catch on with an NFL team but has yet to get the call.

Still a week away from NFL rookie minicamps, it’s not out of the question something can still happen for him.

“Trey has had a tremendous career both high school and college,” Condra said. “We want nothing but the best for Trey, hopefully, something will still come around for him. He’s a great young man and getting a degree from Rice University is special.”

Joey Hunt is still with the Seattle Seahawks and if his younger brother Cole makes a roster it will give the Ricebirds two players to follow in the NFL.

“You can go back years and years before that. You’ve had some older Ricebirds that have made it there,” Condra said. “I think that says a lot for the town, the community, and the school. The type of kids who go through this school are hardworking kids who really push themselves to excel and open doors for themselves.”

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