You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy
Texas farm-boy and football player Cobi Hamilton may have achieved fame and fortune when he secured his spot on the Pittsburg Steelers team as a wide receiver; however, the country boy hasn’t forgotten his roots in agriculture.
Hamilton revealed in a recent interview that he used his entire $94,000 signing bonus from the Bengals following the 2013 NFL draft to purchase cattle for his parents. When Hamilton was in college and short on cash, his parents would sell a cow to fund his tuition.
According to an article written by Ryan Wilson for CBS Sports, Hamilton grew up on the family farm and spent 2015 back on the home place, before he was signed to play for the Steelers.
“He took every single dollar of that bonus and, when people were buying cars, he replaced every cow his mom and dad sold to help him in college,” said Hamilton’s agent, J.R. Carroll. “The only thing Cobi did was bought back his horse that he had sold in high school for $300.”
Hamilton’s hard work ethic and toughness on the field likely comes from his years spent on the family farm. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said, “He’s a hungry guy that wants to contribute and be a complete football player. For our team, with how we’re capable of running the football, that means doing the dirty work of blocking, and that is what has impressed everybody.”
You can’t take the country out of the boy. Carroll told CBS Sports:
“He’s as country as country can be. When he signed with Pittsburgh, I checked in with him on that Friday night. He had found a cow sale and was watching cows get sold. If you check his Instagram page, it’s all football, horses and cows.”
I visited Hamilton’s Instagram page, and sure enough, in between photos from the football field, you can see Cobi grinning from ear-to-ear holding a baby calf, among other photos from the ranch. His most recent photo is from Monday morning. After playing Sunday Night football, the wide receiver was up bright and early back home on the ranch checking out the cattle, and he posted a video to prove it.
Sometimes I feel like it would take an NFL player’s salary to fund my “cow habit,” especially with these calf prices. However, even if my ship never comes in, it’s fun to see celebrities appreciating the humble lifestyle of farming and ranching that we have long enjoyed.
Far away from the glamour of professional football players, if you’re looking to watch something on TV a little more rooted in reality, check out “American Harvest,” a series airing on CarbonTV. Season two just released last week, and it features next generation farmers and ranchers as they tackle the challenge of production agriculture.
“Viewers loved season one for its authentic portrayal of the high-stakes American farming industry,” says Daniel Seliger, EVP of content and marketing at CarbonTV, in a recent press release. “Season two continues the story with a focus on the passion and commitment of the next generation.”
Tune in to watch American Harvest: Next Generation at: http://www.carbontv.com/shows/american-harvest ❖