Hull dreams of NFL
CHAMPAIGN — Steve Hull would like nothing better than to catch passes from Peyton Manning.
The former Illinois wide receiver still has a ways to go before an NFL team takes a chance on him.
But Hull — who is working out in the Chicago suburbs in preparation for the upcoming Illinois pro day in early March — will have his eyes locked in to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. To see if Manning can become the first quarterback to lead two different teams to Super Bowl titles. And if his prediction of the Broncos winning holds true.
“I love Peyton, and I love watching him play,” Hull said. “I love his personality, his integrity and his work ethic. I would really love to see Champ Bailey get a ring, too. That would be really awesome to see, and it’d be a feel-good story, too.”
Although Hull is predicting a Denver win, he could easily see the Seattle Seahawks hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the night.
“Seattle is on a roll,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of young cats that can play well. I think it will be a great game regardless. If it’s as cold as they’re talking about, that favors Seattle with their run game.”
Hull is hopeful an NFL team will like what it sees out of him at wide receiver, where he caught 59 passes for 993 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 for Illinois, his lone season at the position.
Having played safety for three seasons, he knows the feeling of having defended a pass well. Like Richard Sherman did two weeks ago in the NFC title game. Hull is laid- back off the field but can understand the emotions pouring out of Sherman that riled up the country in the wake of Seattle’s win against San Francisco.
“Honestly, people seem to forget that’s the nature of football,” Hull said. “You catch somebody coming off the field after a game-winning play and throw a mic in his face, sometimes they slip up and talk like that. You’ve got to be guarded all the time. That’s the reality of football. That type of talk goes on every play. I have the utmost respect for Richard Sherman. He’s an intelligent guy. I think it’s terrible that they’re calling him a thug and all that other stuff. That’s absolutely embarrassing. That was just kind of a spur-of-the moment thing.”
While Hull is eager to see what unfolds on the field, he’ll pay attention to the commercials as well.
“The commercials are always entertaining, and it’s really fun to look forward to what different twists they’re going to put on the commercials and the amount of hype that goes into them,” he said. “But the game is the focal point.”