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Most Valuable Bengal of 2016

posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:22 AM by Austin James   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 10:30 AM ]
This was a rough year for the Who Deys. Missing out on the playoff run, losing AJ Green to a season ending injury, and falling twice to the Steelers made things a tough for Cincinnatians in 2016. But amidst the turmoil, there was one glimmer of hop that seems to be ignored, and needs to be brought to light.

Bengals DE, Margus Hunt, earns the first annual BSN Most Valuable Bengal award. In a year that Dalton, Green, or Burfict were unable to really shine, Margus stole the show. Although Rex Burkhead finished very strong this year, and I think has asserted himself the most effective player in the Bengal backfield, Margus earned this award with 17 total tackles and 3 huge blocked kicks.

So who is this 6'8", 295 lb beast that the Bengals managed to steal in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft. The Big #99 hails form Karksi-Nuia, Estonia and started his athletic career with decathlons. There he began to focus on the strength events, such as the discus, shot put, and my personal favorite: the hammer throw. He was wildly successful and earned a gold medal in the World Junior Olympics for Estonia. His personal best hammer throw was 64.89 meters in 2008. Hunt played for SMU in college and holds the NCAA record for blocked field goals with 10. 

Margus married his wife Heather in 2015 after she had become a fan favorite of the Bengals season of Hard Knocks. 

Hunt has played 4 seasons with the Bengals, and his contract ends this year. There has been a lot of speculation as to wether or not the Bengals should re-sign him. I am giving him the official BSN Stamp of Approval. Margus has a lot of good years left in him and I hope he will play those in the black and orange. Here's to the 2016 BSN Most Valuable Bengal, beard rocking, hammer throwing, Margus Hunt.