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Go back to the time when Sam Hunt sang this heartfelt tribute in college YouTube

With a college degree in economics, an astounding football arm and a locked-in country music career, it would be safe to say that Sam Hunt is a jack of all trades.

However, back when he was studying academics at the University of Alabama–Birmingham, he wasn’t necessarily having a “House Party” in his dorm. Instead, the “Take Your Time” singer spent time juggling music and football.

In a 2007 video, the budding star appears to be a much younger version of Sam with a full head of hair and a vintage button-down shirt, but the impact that his voice seems to already have on his peers, is what makes us realize how impressive he was even back then. Accompanied by UAB’s massive gospel choir and a vigil-lit atmosphere, Sam sang “Nothing Goes Unnoticed” at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center.

However, he didn’t play to a bunch of fans that evening, instead he shed light on the victims who were lost in the April 16 Virginia Tech shooting massacre that year.

Although, at the time, the 22-year-old Sam was faced with the struggle of finding the better fit between guitar-picking and throwing the old pig-skin for UAB Blazers, we think it was pretty clear to his superiors that his many talents didn’t go unnoticed.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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