Through tragedy and pain, Auburn’s Hamm is motivated to excel

“Last February, little Karter Hamm, the 3-month old son of Hamm and his wife, Kayla, died suddenly. It was almost too much to bear.

‘Words can’t describe the pain I’m going through right now,’ Hamm wrote on Twitter. ‘I know you are in a better place now, but it was too soon. I love you son.’

Hamm has reasons to be aware of health issues. He suffered a torn ACL as a sophomore at Spalding High School in Griffin, Ga. Just more than a month after signing with Auburn in 2016, he heard the words so many dread. He had cancer, Hodgkin Lymphoma. He enrolled at Auburn anyway and was cancer-free by November.”