Calhoun City, Mississippi, is a small dot on the map.
The population of the tiny town about an hour northwest of Starkville registered at a shade over 1,700 in the 2016 census. But Calhoun City is home for North Texas senior cornerback Kemon Hall.
"Calhoun City is a small little town, but the country life allowed me to learn a lot from a lot of the older people in town," Hall said. "There are a lot of people that I look up to there and they have always been there for me."
One of Hall's biggest passions off the field has played a big role in his life, and has provided parallels that have helped him grow in football – hunting.
"I've seen my granddad come in and out of the house after hunting since I was like five," Hall said. "I just caught on to it and from there, I always wanted to do what he was doing. That's where I got the love from.
"I hunted with my granddad when I was old enough to tote my own gun," Hall said. "He used to take me when I was younger and couldn't carry a gun, but when I got to be about eight, he got me a single-barrel 20 gauge and I was shooting at deer but not touching them. I was killing rabbits and other smaller animals. The experience with the beagles and we had to feed them every morning. That is what I liked best, was loading up the dogs, getting the four-wheeler and just going to the store to meet up with our hunting buddies and go out and have fun."
Hall sees similarities between hunting and his other passion, football. The biggest crossover between the two comes down to focus and discipline. Both traits translate to success in both arenas.
"It's a challenge when you're hunting. "Just going out there is peaceful and allows me to get away. It lets me stay out of trouble and stay out of the neighborhood."
On a roster composed of 75% native Texans, Hall is one of just two Mean Green players that hail from the Magnolia State. He carries his home with him near and dear to his heart while in Denton, and his country-style upbringing has helped shape him into who he is today.
"I am a person that always tries to do the right thing," Hall said. "I never get too high or too low and always try to lead by example."
The example Hall followed as a kid came from former Green Bay Packers safety, M.D. Jennings, who spent three seasons in the National Football League following a successful career at Arkansas State. Nine years his senior, Jennings served as a father figure for Hall, providing guidance and a road map for Hall to follow a similar path in life and football.
Read more: https://meangreensports.com/news/2018/8/10/football-hunt-for-success.aspx
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