Rio de Janeiro was the first stop, then Cartagena and Bogotá in Colombia, before Brett Hundley went to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The quarterback knew he’d play somewhere in 2019. He didn’t know where, and he told his agent he didn’t want to know until the time came to sign his contract. Until then, there were places to visit, cultures to embrace.
Hundley made it to Milan, Italy and then Belgrade, Serbia, all with only a loose plan rather than true itinerary – “I like organized chaos,” he said – before reaching Paris. And that’s where he finally got word the Arizona Cardinals, his hometown team, was ready for him to ink a deal, and Hundley flew back to Arizona.
“It’s almost like it’s full circle,” said Hundley, the former star at nearby Chandler High School who played at UCLA before being drafted by the Packers in 2015 and spending the 2018 season as Russell Wilson’s backup in Seattle.
“I left (home) when I was 17 and I haven’t really been back,” Hundley said. “Even in the offseasons I’ve been training in L.A. or I’ve been out of the country. The times I have come back I can count on one hand, and it may have been for a couple days at a time.
“Now to have the opportunity to come back (to play), it’s been a blessing just to be able to see friends, be around everyone I grew up with. I’m excited.”
Home is only temporary, though. Hundley doesn’t want his stint with the Cardinals to be short-term, and he wants to play a long time in the NFL. Hundley’s future after football, well, he’s not sure exactly where it will be, but it isn’t in Arizona.