The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Hinton was born in Columbus, Georgia, before moving to Saginaw at the age of three. He was a standout lineman in football, while also participating in basketball, and track at Saginaw High School. In football he sat out his junior year with a leg fracture but in his senior season Hinton was named second team All-Saginaw Valley while also receiving All-State Honorable Mention honors by the Associated Press as a tackle in 1958. In track, he broke the shot put record with a throw of 54-6 1/4 in 1958. After graduating from Saginaw High in 1958 Hinton earned a football scholarship to the University of Iowa. For three straight seasons (1959-61) he was a fixture at right tackle, including starting every game his junior and senior seasons. Iowa head coach Jerry Burns called Hinton the Hawkeyes’ finest all-around lineman. In a 23-14 loss to the University of Michigan his senior year, Hinton was in on 16 tackles despite playing with a leg injury. Hinton, a Hawkeye co-captain, landed All-Big Ten honors while being voted Iowa’s Most Valuable Player his senior season when he played both offensive tackle and defensive end. He was named to the All-America third team by the United Press International in 1961 and was also named to the Coaches All-American team. The American Football League’s Dallas Texans drafted Hinton in the 6th round of the 1962 draft. He later signed a contract to play football with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Hinton played six years in the CFL with Toronto, Winnipeg and Montreal. He would go on to become one of the country’s premier mixed-media artists and for nearly three decades Hinton has been a tenured professor at the University of Michigan. His gifts as an artist and teacher have been widely recognized. Hinton’s works have been viewed in solo and group exhibitions, public and corporate collections, and in articles and reviews throughout the United States as well as around the world. A number of his paintings and three-dimensional metal collages are on display at the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art and the Iowa Memorial Union. Hinton received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association in 2000.