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NYHEIM HINES, A SENIOR AT NORTH Carolina’s Garner High, accumulated enough rushing stats for two players last season with 3,129 yards and 50
touchdowns. That could be, in part, because he’s
playing for two people – his father and himself.
Hines admits he strives to carry on the athletic legacy of his father, Darrin Hines. The elder
Hines had NFL aspirations after starring at Athens Drive High and Lenoir Rhyne College before
a hip injury ended his career prematurely.
“He could have played in the NFL,” Hines said
of his father. “I don’t feel pressure from him be-
cause he told me to do what I love. I feel like I’m
playing for him and myself because he didn’t
get a chance to play.”
Athleticism runs thick through the Hines family
bloodlines. Nyheim and his twin sister, Nyah, are
both standout track and field athletes. In April,
Nyheim placed first in the 300-meter hurdles at
the Wake County Championships. He believes his
experience running indoor and outdoor track has
helped better prepare him for football season.
“I’m always in shape when football comes
around,” Hines said. “I’m always getting faster.
It helps my strength and conditioning.”
Hines transferred to Garner High from
Leesville Road before his sophomore season.
That’s when he also switched positions from
defensive back to running back. With his 60
total touchdowns last season, Hines moved to
No. 2 all-time on the North Carolina Athletic As-
sociation’s record board for single-season TDs.
“When I started playing at 6, I didn’t even
want to play offense,” Hines said. “I told my dad
I wanted to hit people. He told me to try running
and that’s when I started learning to play with
the ball in my hands.”
After leading Garner to a 10-4 record as a
junior, Hines is ready to serve as the leader of a
team vying for a state championship.
“It’s always exciting this time of year,” Hines
said. “We have some great players coming up
from the JV. I can’t wait to see what they bring
with more depth.”
By DaN Gu TTENPLaN