The hometown boy is doing fine.
When Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson was drafted by the Lions with the #2 pick overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, it was something of a homecoming: Hutchinson was born and raised in Michigan and stayed in the state to attend college.
Hutchinson’s father, Chris Hutchinson, was a standout for Michigan, and his offspring decided he would follow in his footsteps to become the next great Wolverine.
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However, Hutchinson’s stint with the Lions isn’t exactly about a lifelong fan playing for his youth team. Actually quite far from it.
Here’s what you should know about Hutchinson’s Michigan roots:
Where is Aidan Hutchinson from?
- Hometown: Plymouth, Mich.
- Secondary school: Divine Child High School (Dearborn, Mich.)
Hutchinson was born in Plymouth, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He attended high school at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan, also just outside of Detroit.
One would think that Hutchinson, who was born and raised outside of Detroit, might have become a Lions fan by default. This is actually not the case; Hutchinson (22), grew up in the heart of the Patriots dynasty.
“You know growing up it was hard to be a Lions fan,” Hutchinson told the hosts. “The Lions have been fighting for a while. I actually grew up watching Tom Brady and stuff like that as a Patriots fan. So I never really loved the Lions. But hey, if you pick me, you get it all.”
The Lions have won just five seasons since Hutchinson’s life and in that time have never made it past the wild card round of the playoffs. Hutchinson cannot be blamed for clinging to the winning horse.
Where did Aidan Hutchinson go to college?
Hutchinson stayed in the state to go to college: he was recruited by Jim Harbaugh and eventually went to Michigan.
As a four-star recruit, Hutchinson had offers from LSU, Michigan State and Wisconsin, among others. He also visited Notre Dame.
Also contributing to the decision was the fact that Hutchinson’s father, Chris Hutchinson, played in Michigan between 1989 and 1992. He was named a first-team All-American in 1992.
Aidan Hutchinson College Statistics
Hutchinson didn’t exactly blow up until his senior year in Michigan. Overall, he had 17.5 sacks in 34 games, with most of that damage coming during his breakout senior season in Michigan.
Here’s how his numbers break down:
Obviously, Hutchinson’s stock has skyrocketed because of his senior year in Michigan, and it also earned him a slew of accolades in 2021:
- First-Team All-American;
- First-Team All-Big Ten;
- Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year;
- Lombardi Prize;
- Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year.
All of this resulted in the #2 overall pick – and hopefully a franchise cornerstone as well.