If you're watching the Michigan game and are experiencing a blast to the past every time you see the name "Hinton" on a jersey, you're probably not alone. Myles Hinton, one of Michigan's many impressive offensive linemen, is the son of Chris, a former first-team All Pro offensive tackle, and a fellow Big Ten alum.
Chris played for Northwestern, where he was a 1982 first-team All-American tackle before being drafted fourth overall in 1983. He was selected by the Denver Broncos, who immediately sent him over to the then-Baltimore Colts as part of the famous, or perhaps infamous, John Elway trade. Hinton made his most impact with the Colts, but also played for the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings across a commendable 13-year career.
Hinton earned one first-team All Pro nod with the Colts, as well as three selections to the second team, and then garnered his second first-team selection with the Falcons. He is now a member of the Colts Ring of Honor as a nod to his outstanding accomplishments with the team.
Chris actually has another football-playing son, Chris Jr., who like his brother Myles, played for Michigan. He's a nose tackle, who earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, but went undrafted in 2022. Since then, he's bounced around a couple of teams, and is currently with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Myles started the year at right tackle for Michigan after transferring over from Stanford, curiously enough where Elway played his college ball. Myles Hinton made 16 starts for the Cardinal before transferring. Although the younger Hinton struggled a bit before being benched, he found a lot of success in Michigan's "jumbo" sets with six or seven linemen on the field in the team's huge win over Penn State.
Now, amidst some health concerns with left tackle LaDarius Henderson, Hinton is getting another chance, starting in Henderson's spot against the Maryland Terrapins. The early returns have been great, as he looks much more comfortable on the left side of Michigan's offensive line. Will his rebound be enough to get him to the league and build a career like his Dad's? We'll have to wait and see, but for now, you have to believe that the elder Hinton is proud and delighted to see his son getting play time with such an excellent unit.
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