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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Jul 1, 2021

This week on Inside the Headset, we are featuring the Green Bay Packers Defensive Quality Control Coach, Justin Hood. Coach Hood highlights the importance of integrity and coaching the “right way”, details his personal experience transitioning from college into the NFL, and speaks about the benefits of AFCA 35 Under 35 program.

Justin Hood is entering his first season as the Defensive Quality Control Coach for the Green Bay Packers. Hood arrived in Green Bay after working as the secondary coach and defensive pass game coordinator at Kent State in 2019-20. Prior to that, Hood coached for three years at the FCS level, working first at Davidson College (N.C.), where he was promoted from secondary/recruiting coordinator in 2016 to safeties/passing game coordinator in 2017, and then coached linebackers at Western Carolina University in 2018.

In 2014-15, Hood was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach for Capital University (Columbus, Ohio). He spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois (2012-13) working with the nickelbacks and cornerbacks. A former cornerback at Ashland (Ohio) University, Hood began his post-playing career at the University of Oregon as an intern and quality control coach (2011-12), assisting with running backs and recruiting for a team that finished in The Associated Press top five both seasons.

  • [0:31] Start of Interview
  • [1:26] Striving the learn and serve
  • [3:16] Being smart when accepting a new job
  • [6:14] Doing things the right way
  • [9:45] Lessons learned while at Davidson
  • [12:08] Buying into the Head Coaches philosophy as an assistant
  • [15:33] Transitioning from college into the NFL
  • [18:50] Benefits of the 35 Under 35