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Hester is hopeful, but content

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SHREVEPORT, La -  One of those who had a lot to do with creating the championship mettle at LSU is Shreveport’s Jacob Hester.  Then in the NFL Hester played six years with two teams where his job as a fullback was essentially to be a human battering ram for others.  Hester is hoping the phone will ring, but he will be just fine if it doesn't.  "I had six years and I had fun and I don't regret anything."

Hester, who played with the Chargers and Broncos is enjoying being back in his hometown and although he's loves the extra time to spend with his family, we still may not have seen the end of Hester’s career. The former LSU star even had a tryout with the Saints last month.

Hester says, "Going into it, they made it known that it wasn't for right now. It was for if injuries happen. They wanted to see if they could bring me in for two days if I could learn the offense and adapt to it. It was funny because I think they were surprise at how good I did. They kind of made that known which was funny being out for eight months like I was. I wasn't sure where I was going to be either, but it turned out to be a really good thing. Hopefully it'll work out down the road."

Although Hester still feels like he has some football left in him, the fulback position has become a dying breed with the spread offense gaining popularity in the NFL.  "You know, if I was born 10 years earlier, I'd probably still be playing,” says Hester. “But it's tough. Fullbacks are leaving. I think only 22 teams even have a fullback and that number is probably down from last year. I know the two teams I've played for in my career, Denver and San Diego, they don't have one on their roster. I never thought the spread would be as big of a part of the game as it is, but it is and the one position that kind of got axed is the position I play."

Hester believes it's not just fullback position that has taken a hit. He sees the entire nfl backfield disappearing in importance.  "Sometimes you'll have trends and they'll and then they come back, but I don't know if the running back trend is coming back. I don't think we'll have another Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, L'Dainian Tomlinson. I don't think the league is going to ever be that again. It's all pass happy and that's kind of been successful and I don't know if we'll ever see a top five running back like guys like Adrian Peterson and people like that. He's kind of the last one left. You see guys going second and third rounds and that's the first one taken off the board so I hate to say it but I don't think it's going to be coming back anytime soon."

But if the NFL doesn't come calling, Hester has options, and television may be one of them.  "I think so, there's a couple of things in the works that might work out. Hopefully, they will. That's definitely a passion of mine, something I want to do. Something that I'm excited to try and get into. It's always fun to talk about the game. You know, coming into my playing career I never thought I'd want to do it, but the more interviews I did, the more comfortable you get. It gets fun. Hopefully, I'll get to do something. I'd prefer to do college football just because that's where my passion is so we'll see how it works out."

And when Hester’s career is all said and done, it certainly will be just fine.
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