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Morton Ranch HS Football Receives $54k from NFL Player and Alum


December 23, 2018

Jennifer Lynn Greenway

Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings defensive end, donated $54,000 to his former high school athletic program, Morton Ranch, for new football uniforms just in time for Christmas.

The Morton Ranch High School football team received an early Christmas gift from former player, Danielle (pronounced Dun-eel) Hunter. He donated $54,000 for the players new uniforms. The donation will cover three sets of full Nike uniforms. Hunter plans to visit the Mavericks in the off-season for the uniform reveal.

“I’ve been working on that for a long time, says Hunter, a 2012 graduate of Morton Ranch High School. "They’ve had some jerseys that I don’t think were of quality. I just wanted to give them something to be happy about and build their soul up.”

Hunter, 24, came to the United States at the age of 8 from Jamaica. He started playing football in his apartment complex parking lot after seeing his stepfather watching it on TV. A youth football coach saw him running in the parking lot and signed him up for a youth team.

Hunter during his Morton Ranch Football days.

At Morton Ranch High School, Hunter led the Mavericks to the state playoffs as a junior and compiled 108 total tackles. Hunter was also a track and field star.

Hunter was then recruited by LSU, where he played from 2012-2014. In 2015, Hunter was the third round draft pick from the Minnesota Vikings.

Hunter is in his fourth season with the Vikings and is tied for second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks this season. Last summer, he signed an extension with the Vikings until 2025 for an estimated $72 million, which includes a $15 million signing bonus.

In November, ESPN named Hunter as the NFL's best defensive player under age 25. Hunter turned 24 on October 29.


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