The Jefferson County strong safety tries to psych out receivers, chanting and talking to them. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. But it always helps Hammond gain courage.
“I just think, ‘Don’t get beat.’ And I try to get in their heads. Most don’t listen, but it’s good to do that when you’re a defensive player. I just talk to them, stuff that you shouldn’t say,” Hammond said with a laugh.
Hammond is a warrior. During the week, he listens to his chiefs, including coach J.B. Arnold. Come Friday, the senior is well prepared and ready to help his tribe defend a slant pattern, a lob or a run play.
Because he started playing football in recreation leagues, Hammond has been groomed as a warrior. He’s not afraid of contact or conflict, as the 112 tackles he recorded as a junior prove. A physical player, Hammond is happy to handle the rough hitting and tackling so his team can win the battle.
“I learn that from being in it a lot,” Hammond said about being physical. “That carries to me on the field because I’m a very wild person. On the field it helps a lot.”