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From gridiron to recording studio
Jason Arens
Antelope Staff
Photo by Jason Arens
Eli Hammond has become a household name for Loper football this year, but this man has a second alias with potential to become nationally known. Hammond's alter ego, Axcess, just signed a trial contract with Well Konnected Entertainment to further his rap career.

Oct.  17 while playing Western New Mexico, Loper wide receiver No. 14 hauled in a quick pass on the sideline that looked like a one-yard gain with two defenders quickly closing in on him. But with one quick juke, the receiver had one defender out-of-bounds on his back while speeding past the other for a 14-yard gain and good for a Loper first down.  

Had this been the beginning of the year, fans might have been scrambling for their printed roster to see who just made that electric play. But this redshirt sophomore has stepped onto the scene many times before in the season by taking advantage of his opportunities. The fans already know — It’s Eli Hammond.

Hammond’s strong work ethic and talent have earned him ample playing time for the 9-1 Loper squad. He is fourth on the team in receiving yards with 213 and tied for second on the team in receiving touchdowns with four.

Hammond said the season so far has been rewarding and fun. “The team morale has been up quite a bit, and we’re definitely coming together as a team.”

With the Lopers playing so well this year, there’s a chance they may get to host a playoff game. “It would mean a lot. We put in a lot of hard work in during the summer; to see it pay off would be a big accomplishment for the team,” Hammond said.

Indeed, Eli Hammond has become a household name for Loper football this year, but this man has a second alias that has the potential to become a nationwide household name: Axcess.

“I’ve been writing music since middle school but didn’t get serious about it until freshman year in college,” said Hammond (aka rap music creator Axcess). Axcess forms his own lyrics and beats trying to make a splash in the music industry. But when talking about his future, Axcess seems to have it figured out. “It would be fun to be a well-known rapper. I’ll pursue it, but my future right now is to be a high school P.E. teacher. I’m not going to live and die on it because the chances are pretty slim.”

The chances may be slim, but Axcess is off to a pretty good start. He co-created a record label that he is still with back home in Colorado: I9 Records.  

But recently he has signed a one-year trial deal with Well Konnected Entertainment out of Brooklyn, N.Y. Well Konnected Entertainment is an up-and-coming label with connections in the Florida and Philadelphia areas, as well as in New York City. Well Konnected is starting a magazine as well.  

“They just got ahold of me by way of e-mail after they saw my MySpace page,” Axcess said. Now he’ll get free promotions and get paid from his music sales. If he goes out to New York, he’ll get free studio time, management and beats. There’s no question that he has an opportunity, and he’s going to make the most of it.

The future may find Axcess on the stage or Mr. Hammond in the classroom, but currently it’s Eli, taking care of business in the here and now. His passions are football, music and teaching, so no wonder he makes defenders miss on the football field— you’ve got to be light on your feet to perform such a balancing act.

You can check out Axcess at He also has a page on Facebook. “On the Facebook page I’ve been doing a blog thing every Sunday night where I make like a two minute song about what I’ve been going through, and I’ll continue to do that,” Axcess said. He’ll have his first mix of around 20 tracks with Well Konnected Entertainment complete in late November.



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