Reynaldo Hill

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This article is about the former Florida Gators and Tennessee Titans cornerback. For the similarly named Denver Broncos safety, see Renaldo Hill.
Reynaldo Hill
No. 21
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-08-28) August 28, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Pahokee, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Stranahan
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 218
Debuted in 2005 for the Tennessee Titans
Last played in 2011 for the Omaha Nighthawks
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games started 48
Games started 26
Interceptions 6
INT return yards 108
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Reynaldo Romel Hill (born August 28, 1982) is an American former college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons during the early 2000s. Hill played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL and the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League (UFL).

Early years[edit]

Hill was born in Pahokee, Florida in 1982.[1] He attended Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,[2] where he played high school football for the Stranahan Dragons.[3]

College career[edit]

Hill attended Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas, before accepting an athletic scholarship to transfer to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.[3] As a sophomore at Dodge City Community College, he led the NJCAA with twenty-two passes defensed, and added 57 tackles, three interceptions, two returned kickoffs and one returned punt for touchdowns. As a freshman, Hill had forty-five tackles, six interceptions, two fumble recoveries and fifteen breakups. He was a significant contributor to the Dodge City Community College secondary that was ranked first in the nation among junior colleges, and also returned fourteen punts for eighty-nine yards and scored two touchdowns. Hill also ran track at Dodge City Community College and ranked fifth nationally in the 200 meter dash his sophomore year.

While attending Florida, Hill played for coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football team in 2003 and 2004.[4] He appeared in twenty-five games in his two seasons as a Gator, and started in twelve during his senior season in 2004. He totaled fifty-seven tackles, one interception, and nine passes defensed throughout his college career. He was named to the Super Sleeper Team by the NFL Draft Report prior to the 2005 NFL Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Before the 2005 NFL Draft, Hill was not invited to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine. At the University of Florida's Pro Day, Hill posted a 40 yard dash time of 4.32 seconds and a 37.5-inch vertical leap, which rated among the top ten performances at the 2005 combine.

The Tennessee Titans selected Hill in the seventh round (218th pick overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft,[5] and he subsequently played for the Titans for four seasons from 2005 to 2008.[6] After competing for a roster spot among a group of talented, young defensive backs in the Titans training camp, Hill took over the starting position midway through the 2005 NFL season and started the remaining ten games of the year. Hill showcased his play-making abilities by leading the team with three interceptions and tied for most interceptions among NFL rookie defensive backs. Hill scored his first career touchdown on a 52-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. During the 2005 season, Hill started ten of the fifteen games in which he played, ending the season as the Titans interception leader with three, including one for a touchdown, and had forty-eight tackles. During the 2006 season, Hill started fourteen of fifteen games he played, ending the season with a career-high fifty-six total tackles and two interceptions.

In 2007, Hill started just two games after losing his starting job. In 2008, his role as a backup cornerback. After two seasons of declining playing time, Hill became a free agent.

Omaha Nighthawks[edit]

Hill was drafted in the first round (second pick overall) by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on June 29, 2011.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Reynaldo Hill. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Reynaldo Hill. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  3. ^ a b GatorZone.com, Football History, 2004 Roster, Reynaldo Hill. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  4. ^ 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2005 National Football League Draft. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Reynaldo Hill. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.