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Jack of the Week: Romonte Hampton

Ramonte Hampton and his 1-year-old daughter Kennedy. Ramonte Hampton and his 1-year-old daughter Kennedy.

By Holley Nees - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – He's the youngest of three, a kineseology major, and number one on Homer Bryce field at Stephen F. Austin.

Sophomore Romonte Hampton said as the starting running back, he takes no plays off, but the Jack of the Week plays for more than points on the board.

All the dodging, running, and the touchdowns are for one little girl.

"I play for my little girl," said Hampton. "I think about her every day. I come out here and say you've got to make something happen. This is what you do, you know, take advantage of that. You're playing football, you're getting an education, you know take care of your daughter."

The running back protects the ball for his daughter Kennedy.

"I'm going to set an example for my daughter, take care of business," he explained. "There's not that many opportunities in this world."

"He plays with a passion that not a lot of kids play with and he obviously has a reason to, playing for his little girl, trying to better his life and you got to admire him for that," said SFA Running Back Coach Cody Fredenburg.

The 20-year-old Dallas native finished out his high school career at John Tyler. He's been playing the game his whole life.

"I can wake up in a bad mood, but once I step on this field, once I come in the locker room, I mean my whole attitude changes," said Hampton.

His coach said his enthusiasm is contagious.

"He's kind of the emotional leader of our offense and we need someone to do that and he's that guy," said Fredenburg.

He started wearing number one years ago and said now it's more than a number.

"You know wear number one, you play like number one," said Hampton.

"His intensity, you watch him play, he plays hard, literally every play and that's pretty special," explained Fredenburg.

He has dreams of conference championships, national titles, and one day going pro, but his priority is 1-year-old Kennedy.

"I don't want my daughter to have to worry about anything," said Hampton. "You got to want it. You've got to love the game."

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