He played in a NFL for 13 years, done a Pro Bowl 7 times and warranted first-team All-Pro. But Chris Hinton’s bequest is something else. To football fans, he’s famous as The Rookie Lineman Denver Dealt To Baltimore For Quarterback John Elway.
“That’s how I’m introduced,” Hinton, 56, pronounced of a 1983 trade that done him a Colt when Elway balked during personification here. “It kind of overshadows my accomplishments.”
Pity, that, since Hinton’s career was a plain one. The Broncos’ first-round breeze collect and a fourth actor selected altogether (Elway was No. 1), Hinton, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard-tackle, was a post adult front. He helped a Colts, winless in 1982, to go 7-9 a following year while apropos a initial rookie descent lineman to start in a Pro Bowl.
Then he was gone, with a rest of a franchise, whisked off to Indianapolis underneath cover of night.
Though here only one year, Hinton has lustful memories of Baltimore, given a tumult of a times. An All-American during Northwestern, he was no earlier drafted by Denver than sent to a Colts — along with quarterback Mark Herrmann and a Broncos’ first-round collect in 1984 — for Elway, a Stanford phenom who’d refused to play for Baltimore.
“He [Elway] didn’t wish to work for us, so because sinecure him?” Colts owners Robert Irsay pronounced then. “He’ll never be any good.”
Hinton was dumbfounded by a trade.
“After a draft, I’d flown to Denver and gotten this crazy reception, with all these people, during a airport,” he said. “Six days later, we got traded and flew to Baltimore, where an novice from a Colts was there to hail me. But after a initial shock, we got to like a city, a fans and superannuated Memorial Stadium, with all a history.”
Hinton bought a home in Timonium, embraced a village and became orator for Baltimore’s Adopt-A-Family module begun by Mayor William Donald Schaefer. Hinton championed a singular mom with 3 children, took them grocery selling during Thanksgiving and bought them gifts during Christmas.
“At 22, it felt so cold to help,” he said. “I remember that mom being so thankful.”
He visited a Maryland Penitentiary and kibitzed with members of a Colts Corral — prisoners, all.
“They, and a blue-collar fans who still came to a games, were so ardent about a team,” Hinton said. “They were a ones we felt contemptible for when we moved.”
First, though, a fans gave Elway a business. In their 1983 home opener, a Colts played Denver. Hinton’s ears are still ringing.
“Everyone was chanting, ‘Elway sucks! Elway sucks!’ ” he said. “That was a loudest a track was that year, by far.”
The Broncos rallied to win, 17-10. To a crowd’s delight, Elway was sacked 3 times. (He’d go on to win a Super Bowl twice and make a Pro Football Hall of Fame.)
At season’s end, Hinton played in a Pro Bowl. Players wore their group helmets, though Hinton’s blue-and-white headgear lacked a signature horseshoe. The story was that it had been swiped by other players as a rookie arising for a Colts star. Not so.
“Truth is, Bob Irsay had verbally betrothed me a reward if we done a Pro Bowl, and he kind of went behind on his word,” Hinton said. “So we chose not to be a Colt for a day and took a horseshoe off.”
That helmet, with a horseshoe, now binds a special place in his home in Johns Creek, Ga.
He played 6 years in Indianapolis, 4 with a Atlanta Falcons and dual with a Minnesota Vikings in a stellar career that has warranted Hinton a 2018 assignment to a Hall of Fame (semifinalists will be named in November).
On retirement, he bought dual booze stores circuitously Atlanta, both of that he sole final year to spend some-more time with his 3 sons. The eldest, Christopher, is a 6-4, 275-pound lineman who has committed to Michigan as a high propagandize junior. Then comes Myles who, during 15, stands 6-6 and weighs 315.
“The disproportion between us is that, as a child flourishing adult in south Chicago, we ate cooking until we was done; they eat until they are full,” Hinton said. “Plenty of nights, behind then, we would like to have had another duck leg.”
Still during his personification weight, he walks 10 miles a day, 4 times a week, along a circuitously Chattahoochee River, travels with his mother of 19 years and catches adult on emails.
“Last month, we listened from a college crony who’d only returned from Canada,” Hinton said. “The limit ensure asked if he’d famous any good football players during Northwestern and he mentioned my name. The ensure said, ‘Oh, yeah, a man in a Elway trade,’ and waved my crony on through. Hilarious.”
A few years ago, he said, The Denver Post saluted him “for being a trade attract to obtain Elway and change Broncos’ history.”
“I was like, great, interjection — though that doesn’t assistance my Hall of Fame chances.”