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Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
Fortunate is the person who can turn one’s love of sport into a professional career once his playing days are over. Jamestown’s David Hinson, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023, has done just that.
Hinson was born in 1976 and is a 1995 graduate of Jamestown High School. He played football for fellow CSHOF inductee Wally Huckno (Class of 2001) on the 1994 New York State Class A championship winning Red Raiders. The previous year the JHS team narrowly lost in the state’s title game.
In 1994, David set the then single season rushing mark at JHS with 2,260 yards on 290 carries. His 35 touchdowns tied a New York State record.
He was named the NYS Class A Co-Player of the Year as well as First Team All-State. He was Western New York’s Connolly Cup winner as well the Post-Journal’s Player of the Year.
In the spring of his senior year, Hinson was the New York State 400-meter hurdle champion and set a JHS and Chautauqua County record time of 53.75 seconds in the event that has not been surpassed.
After his graduation from Jamestown High, David accepted an offer to play football for the University at Buffalo. He was a running back for the Bulls for 4 years and graduated with a degree in business management in 1999.
While at UB, Hinson did an internship with the Buffalo Bills that eventually led to a job with the NFL team as an assistant to the Vice President of Pro Personnel. He learned how to scout which put him on his career path.
David worked as a scout for the Bills from 2002-2004. He was then hired by the New Orleans Saints where he was employed as a scout from 2005-2008.
His next stop was in the scouting department of the Cleveland Browns from 2009-2012 followed by a job as a college area scout for the New York Jets 2013-2014. Hinson joined the Philadelphia Eagles as the Midwest Area Scout from 2015-2016.
The Kansas City Chiefs hired David as the Southeast Area Scout in 2017, a position he held until 2022 when the Chiefs promoted him to Co-Director of College Scouting.
Hinson reflected on his over two decades of scouting when he said, “It makes you feel so good and so proud when the draftees are able to do the things you thought they would be able to do. That’s what makes college so exciting. It’s the projection. There’s nothing better than making that projection and being right about it. It’s not like I feel they’re my sons, but I’m excited for them, myself and the team because you feel like you contributed.”
Currently living in Cary, N. C., David counts the Chiefs Super Bowl victory in 2019 among his career highlights.