NFL Draft pick Aidan Hutchinson’s mother sewed him a special jacket

You’ve probably heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Wearing your dreams in your jacket could be new.

That’s what Aidan Hutchinson did on Thursday’s opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft, where the 21-year-old former University of Michigan college football player was selected No. overall by his hometown Detroit Lions. At the event, Hutchinson wore a suit jacket with a very personal custom liner.

“My mom did that,” Hutchinson told NFL Network reporters before the draft kicked off Thursday. “Inside my jacket are all the protests I’ve put in my journals for the past five years.”

Indeed, the lining of the jacket – sewn by Hutchinson’s mother, Melissa – featured dozens of quotes from the highly touted newspapers of the NFL prospect. They included mantras like “breathe in God” and “I’m unstoppable”, and a series of dreams and ambitions ranging from playing college football to the University of Michigan – where his father, Chris, played in the years 1990 – run a 40-yard-dash in 4.7 seconds.

“‘I’ll be a first-team All-American, I’ll be a Heisman runner-up,'” Hutchinson said Thursday, reading some of his jacket quotes aloud. “[That’s] something I wrote my freshman year, and frankly, it came true.”

Those dreams came true: Last year, Hutchinson was named to the first-team AP All-American while also becoming a Heisman Trophy runner-up, finishing second to Alabama quarterback Bryce Young. “Just a lot of things [where] I had really called my shots,” Hutchinson said.

Melissa Hutchinson told ESPN last week that she had been encouraging her son to write about his ambitions in personal journals since he was just 4 years old, she recently told ESPN. She may have been onto something: Many psychologists recommend the practice of journaling, advising that repeatedly writing down short-term goals, long-term goals, and positive affirmations can help improve your mood and your focus.

Celebrities like actor John Cena — and even other NFL players like Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson — have been known to rely on daily claims and write down your goals.

It’s certainly worked for Aidan Hutchinson so far, although his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame and inherent athleticism obviously helps too. The former college star, expected to be one of the NFL’s top rookies, is expected to sign a contract worth tens of millions of dollars soon.

Last year’s No. 2 selection, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, landed a rookie deal worth $35.1 million over four years, including a bonus. signing of $22.9 million. Hutchinson is expected to sign a similar deal, which is expected to be worth around $35.7 million over four years, according to Spotrac.

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