Drew Hill

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Not to be confused with Dru Hill.
Drew Hill
No. 87, 85
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-10-05)October 5, 1956
Place of birth: Newnan, Georgia
Date of death: March 19, 2011(2011-03-19) (aged 54)
Place of death: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
College: Georgia Tech
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 12 / Pick: 328
Debuted in 1979
Last played in 1993
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 634
Receiving Yards 9,831
Touchdowns 60
Stats at NFL.com

Andrew Hill (October 5, 1956 – March 19, 2011)[1] was a professional American football player who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 12th round of the 1979 NFL Draft.[2]

A 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 170 lb wide receiver from Georgia Tech, Hill played in 14 NFL seasons from 1979 to 1982 and from 1984 to 1993.[2] As a member of the Houston Oilers, he set the team's record for most career pass receptions.[3] He teamed with Ernest Givens, Curtis Duncan, Haywood Jeffires and Warren Moon in the Oilers' Run & Shoot offense.[4] A two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1988 and 1990, Hill retired after the 1993 season as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. [2]

Achievements[edit]

On September 30, 1990, Hill became the first player to score a touchdown in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, (beating James Lofton by one game). Hill accounted for 77 yards receiving in Warren Moon's record 527-yard passing performance against the Chiefs on December 16, 1990. During the 1991 season, Hill became the first player to have four 1,000 yard seasons after the age of 30 (later surpassed by Jerry Rice). At the time of his departure from the Houston franchise Hill was the team's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards (since surpassed by Ernest Givins and Haywood Jeffires).[5]

Impersonation[edit]

An artist claiming to be Drew Hill was arrested and is currently serving time for armed robbery in the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail. The real Drew Hill was alerted to it by fans and the Los Angeles Times debunking the stories and the impersonator in 2010.[6]

Death[edit]

Drew Hill died in Atlanta, Georgia on March 19, 2011, at the age of 54, after two massive strokes.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former Oilers fan favorite Drew Hill dies at 54". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Drew Hill". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Falcons sign Hill; Broncos ink Pelluer". The Deseret News. 1992-04-02. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  4. ^ King, Peter (1991-12-16). "Moon Beams". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. ^ http://lee.n8d.com/2010/hill-drew/
  6. ^ Crowe, Jerry (2010-09-26). "Artist 'Drew Hill' paints an interesting picture, but it isn't real". Los Angeles Times.