Interview with Kai Hedgemoney (@suprem3.kai)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

After moving to Jacksonville, Florida, I began my football playing career as a junior in High School in New Orleans. I played in only seven games a senior year and ended the season with 25 Tackles, 19solo, 1Int, 2FOrced fumble, and 10pass breakups. Due to being so late in starting my playing career, I didn’t have as many books as I should have from college. Nevertheless, following the senior season in ‘2018, I ended up with an offer from UNI, Georgia State, and Jacksonville University. Miraculously I was picked up to compete as an All-American if the OD All-American Bowl. This was the same bowl that included players like Cam Newton and Saquon Barkley. It had been an incredible achievement, considering how late I was to start my career. This bowl game included highly ranked HS recruits like Levonta Bentley and Jarvis Brownlee.

Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

I chose to deny two FBS offers to attend a private school in the city I attended high school(Jacksonville U). Following my first season, I did not see the field due to a lingering injury and trying to keep my redshirt. Oddly, the school had canceled its football program after I only attended for one semester. I immediately entered the portal and received attention from many FCS schools like Alcorn St, Stetson, Brown, Cornell, etc. I chose to deny those schools and sit out for a year due to covid. Following a year of sitting out in 2020, I decided to work towards getting back on the field. I trained and used former coaches of JU, like 7 Year NFL vet Tony Carter to network myself with some larger schools. Ultimately, by May of ’21, I was given at PWO by LSU staff contingent upon my registration for summer courses.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Remember what you do it for and why you love doing what you do. That flame will keep your engine going. The minute you let the flame burn out, everything goes downhill. Stay the course.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My brother Marc whom I lost during the year I sat out in 2020. Even though I was younger, he always looked up to me, and I always looked up to him. Without him encouraging me to be who GOD destined me to be, I would not have the drive to be the player I am.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Yes, I always try to share my knowledge of football with the squad and with my fans. Because I believe sharing is caring. If my understanding helps someone understand something, that’s my success. I always admire people

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. This is a quote commonly said by the U.S. Marines. This sticks with me before. If you want something, you have to be prepared to do what comes with it mentally. If I wanted to make it to the league, I had to go to a school that would develop me into an NFL corner.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Via [email protected] and Tiktok @hedgemoney4.0

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?

I am 6’3, 195lbs. I ran a 4.49 laser in High school at that height. Cousin of former Superbowl Champion and LSU tiger Devery Henderson. Attended Atlantic Coast HS in Jax, FL.