27 February 2012
Jewel Hampton has fond memories of playing in Indianapolis Colts stadiums.
The Warren Central High School product won three state championships (2004-2006) at the RCA Dome including starting at running back during his junior season.
The Indianapolis native returns home this week to participate in the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“This was being built when I was a senior (at Warren),” Hampton said. “I’m privileged to be here because some great guys came through here and hopefully in my life I will be great,” Hampton said.
Hampton wrapped up his college career at Southern Illinois University this past season and rushed for a league best 17 touchdowns while averaging 101.7 yards per game.
Behind a staple of running backs at Warren Central, including current Colts running back Darren Evans, Hampton emerged in his final two seasons and started his career at the University of Iowa setting a freshman record with seven rushing touchdowns.
He battled injuries over the next few seasons and eventually transferred to Southern Illinois.
“I definitely needed a fresh start especially after being hurt two seasons in a row,” Hampton said. “I had a full healthy season so I’m definitely glad with the decision that I made. It’s unfortunate that (the injuries) happened in my career, but I definitely have to be resilient because this is my passion and this is what I want to do in my life.”
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