Travis Hunter, Henry Blackburn hugged it out, bowled for charity this week


Travis Hunter and Henry Blackburn didn’t just hug it out. The CU Buffs and CSU Rams rivals bowled it out together earlier this week.

“For the people that love to see negativity, this ain’t a negative video, man,” Hunter told Blackburn in the video, which was posted to the CU two-way star’s YouTube channel early Thursday evening.

“Just making sure my guy is straight, checking with him,” Blackburn said on the video as he hugged Hunter. The two then conversed on a bench and compared their background and shared faith.

A CSU athletic department official confirmed to The Post on Thursday that Hunter, the Buffs’ two-way star, and Blackburn, the Boulder native and Rams safety, got together on Wednesday to go bowling together.

Hunter, a transfer from Jackson State, and Blackburn, a CSU defender who played his high school football at Fairview, were part of one of the most controversial plays of the first month of the college football season.

Late in the first quarter of the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Folsom Field, Blackburn hit Hunter late while the latter was running down an incomplete pass near the visitors’ sideline.

Hunter did not appear to see Blackburn before the contact was made. While the former returned to the game, he left after halftime and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a lacerated liver.

“You know I never meant to hurt you,” Blackburn told Hunter in the video.

“When it happened, I’m like, ‘It’s not his fault. It’s football,’” Hunter replied.

Blackburn and his family received threats during and after the Buffs’ overtime win over CSU. Hunter tried to cool the temperature last week by dismissing the idea that Blackburn’s hit was malicious in intent. New Buffs coach Deion Sanders condemned any death threats aimed at Blackburn during his weekly news conference two Tuesdays ago.

Blackburn said on the video he called Hunter after the game to check in on him.

A Rams official confirmed that the two bowled for charity and that the pair got together with the help of CSU cornerback Ron Hardge III and CU wideout Isaiah Hardge, Ron’s little brother.


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