Rebel defensive end Hardy humbled by his SI cover appearance

OXFORD, Miss. — If you would have asked Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy two years ago what it feels like to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, he undoubtedly would have given you a brash, borderline cocky response.
Fast foward to Tuesday evening, when the junior pass-rusher extraordinaire had a much different tone. A humble tone. A modest tone.
”I just found out right before I came to practice,” Hardy said. ”It’s an exciting thing. I’ve just got to be thankful and appreciative to all the people that helped me get there.”
Meet the new Greg Hardy, who has spent the last year not only transforming himself into one of the most feared pass-rushers in college football, but more importantly becoming a better, more mature person off the field as well.