It turns out that Julie Rhule is also part of the process.
Rhule received a text message from his wife 10 minutes before Carolina made the fourth round selection on Saturday. She insisted that he run back to the former state of Oklahoma Chuba Hubbard, who rushed against Rhule’s Baylor team for 171 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.
That’s exactly what happened.
Rhule gave the text to Hubbard when he called to tell him that he had been selected in the 126th election. That was shared from the team website on social media. There is also a cameo from team owner David Tepper who confirmed the text.
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This is how the conversation went:
Rhule: What’s up, man? You know, I couldn’t sit there and watch you ran after me all those years in Baylor and didn’t take you when I got the chance.
Hubbard: [Laughs] “Yes sir. I appreciate that. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Rhule: That’s true. I have to tell you this man. About 10 minutes ago my wife texted me saying, ‘Please take Chuba Hubbard.’ So she speaks, it happens. ”
Hubbard: Yes sir. Excited to be with you.
Tepper: That is actually an absolutely true story. He showed me the text. She said, ‘You better come home and you better have it [Hubbard]. ‘ I am telling you the truth. It’s the fucking truth. ”
Rhule said the Panthers considered Hubbard with their first choice in the fourth round (109) before trading back for the fifth time, so he couldn’t live up to his wife.
“I love my wife very much,” said Rhule. And Scott takes my opinion. ”
Rhule said the staff arrived Saturday morning with several players “in a lump we liked,” including Hubbard.
“He was a dynamic player in 2019 who had two injuries in the past year that he had to rehabilitate during COVID, which is a tough time,” said Rhule. He was tough enough and cared enough for his teammates to play with a high ankle sprain, so it wasn’t the same level of productivity.
“Julie, the wife of a coach, has been through a lot of games and seen a lot of people. It’s funny, I had a former executive who texted me and said, ‘It’s pretty easy. When you play guys and you hate it If you play against them, it’s the people you want to add to your team one day. ‘”
Canadian born Hubbard is actually a fan of the former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and cheered Carolina in Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season.
He’s also a fan of Carolina who runs back Christian McCaffrey, considered one of the best all-purpose backs in the NFL. Hubbard says he modeled much of his game after McCaffrey’s, especially when it comes to receiving.
Apparently, Rhule’s wife is already a huge Hubbard fan.