In high school and college, he played football and majored inphilosophy at theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham. He was a quarterback for the football team at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham before he became a free agent for the Kansas City Cheifs.
Raised in the country, Hunt is an avid 90's country music fan and says that he could probably recite the lyrics of every song in the decade by heart. Some of these artists include Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Sam Hunt states that "gospel-based Southern R&B" was his favorite music... and a big inspiration.