CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - After a successful career at Michigan where he was named Sugar Bowl MVP in his final collegiate game, Junior Hemingway still had to prove himself at the professional level. Selected in the final round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he just finished his second season with the Chiefs where he saw regular playing time, and even hauled in two touchdown passes.
"We got to the playoffs," Hemingway said, reflecting on next year. "Last year (2012) wasn't the season that we wanted it to be, and this year we didn't end in the way we wanted, but we made strides."
While putting up eye-popping numbers for Conway and Michigan, he discovered quickly that the NFL is a completely different level of play.
"Everyday you're competing," he continued. "Everywhere from practice, to OTAs to training camp, and the regular season. During the season is where it really counts."
And the Chiefs made it count this year. Junior was involved in one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history, being part of a franchise that won two games in 2012 to 11 this year, while even getting a taste of the playoffs. The success comes largely in part to Andy Reid taking over - the fourth winningest active head coach in the league.
"Coach Reid coming in and the coaching staff he brought in, (they have) just so much knowledge," Hemingway said. "You can tell they've been in the game for a long time, and just learning from them is just great."
And he fully believes he can call Kansas City home for the foreseeable future.
"I don't want this to end," Hemingway said about his time in the league. "The fans, the support, Kansas City - that stadium, just everything about Kansas City is great, and I love it."