Health issues curtail Hammet t’s football careerNic Hammett’s ongoing battle with diabetes has always been a hindrance to him during his athletic career, but never prevented him from playing—until now.
Hammett has withdrawn from school and is back in Rockdale.
“It was just giving him too many problems,” said his high school coach, Jeff Miller. “He was not able to play at the level he was used to.”
Hammett, a 2009 RHS graduate, was forced to sit out of last year’s Texas High School Coaches Association all-star football game because he had passed out during practice due to his illness.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hammett was scheduled to be a redshirt freshman this season for the Owls and they were going to move him to tight end.
Hammett, a scholar athlete, was also going to play baseball for the top tier Rice program, but Rice head coach David Bailiff wanted Hammett to go through spring practice with the football team to get a jump start on the season.
The Owls were 2-10 last season in Conference USA and were 10-3 just two years ago. They had a great recruiting class last year and were excited about running back Sam McGuffie, the former Cypress- Fairbanks star who transferred in from Michigan.
Hammett’s favorite sport has always been baseball and according to Miller, he is going to explore his baseball options, either through the minor leagues or junior college.
Baseball is less strenuous and would put less strain on his system.
Hammett was a two-sport all-state selection in football and baseball during his time at Rockdale as a linebacker in football and catcher in baseball.
In light of recent events, here is a list of five defunct college conferences:
1. Pacific Coast Conference (1915-59)—USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Oregon St., Washington, Washington St., Stanford, Idaho and Montana. (Hey, that sounds familiar)
2. Dixie Conference (1930- 42)—Included Howard, Mercer, Loyola and Chatanooga.
3. Border Conference (1931- 61) —Included Arizona, Arizona St., Texas Tech, New Mexico, New Mexico A&M, Texas Mines (UTEP), Hardin Simmons and West Texas Teachers (West Texas State).
4. Gulf Coast Conference (1949-57)—Abilene Christian, Hardin Simmons, Houston, Midwestern, North Texas and Trinity.
5. Mason-Dixon Conference (1936-74)—Included Delaware, John Hopkins, Towson, Loyola, and Mount St. Mary’s.