Will Hill

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Will Hill
No. 31     Baltimore Ravens
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Jersey City (NJ) Saint Peter's Prep
College: Florida
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2012 for the New York Giants
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Suspended
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 115
Quarterback sacks 0.0
Forced fumbles 3
Interceptions 2
Stats at NFL.com

Will Hill III (born March 7, 1990) is an American football safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida and was a member of Florida's 2009 BCS National Championship team. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants in 2012, and has also played for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

Early years[edit]

Hill was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and was raised in West Orange, New Jersey. He attended St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City, New Jersey. In his junior year he played receiver, quarterback, running back, and safety. He ran for 682 yards from both running back and quarterback positions and threw for 758 yards. He had three interceptions and 68 tackles playing free safety and had 444 yards receiving.[1] As a senior Hill had 947 yards passing and seven touchdowns, he rushed for 960 yards and 19 touchdowns and had 43 tackles, four interceptions and three pass breakups on defense. He was a first team all-state selection. He was 2007 New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year.[2]

Following his high school senior season, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com all rated Hill as the top-ranked high school safety in the nation. ESPN rated him as the second overall football prospect and the top-ranked overall athlete in the nation. Rivals rated Hill tenth and Scout rated him sixth among all college football recruits.

College career[edit]

Hill accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2008 to 2010. As a free safety and special teams contributor, he was chosen to be on the 2008 SEC Football All-Freshman Team.[3] Hill compiled 48 tackles and two interceptions as a freshman for the Gators. He recorded the first tackle of the 2009 BCS Championship Game, in which the Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24–14.

As a collegiate player, Hill demonstrated flashes of the athleticism that led to him being a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, however, he was regarded as an average player, never realizing the early expectations. During his three seasons at the University of Florida, his play was overshadowed by the superior contributions of teammates Major Wright and All-American Ahmad Black. Hill never recorded more than two interceptions in a season, finishing his career with four, and never finished a season higher than sixth on the team in tackles.[4]

Professional career[edit]

After entering the 2011 NFL Draft, Hill was not selected. Hill was later assigned to the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League (AFL).[5]

On May 14, 2012, Hill was signed by the New York Giants. On October 8, 2012, the NFL suspended Hill for using Adderall. He was able to return to the Giants active roster on November 5, the day after the Giants played the Pittsburgh Steelers.[6] Hill was eventually activated to the active roster.[7] Hill was suspended a second time for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse. His ban ended on September 30.[8]

On December 21, 2013, Hill was arrested in New Jersey on a warrant for outstanding child support payments.[9] Despite the arrest, Hill still played that Sunday against the Detroit Lions. During the game he intercepted a pass thrown by Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter and scored on a 38 yard touchdown to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, the Giants would go on to win the game 23-20.

On May 30, 2014, Hill was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.[10][dead link]

On June 2, 2014, Hill was waived by the Giants.[11]

On June 3, 2014, Hill was activated from the other league exempt list by the Rattlers.

It was reported on July 25, 2014 that the Baltimore Ravens signed Hill after former Giants teammate, Aaron Ross, was injured in training camp and lost for the entire 2014 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scout.com Stats". Recruiting.scout.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ Will Hill (2010-10-30). "ESPN.com Stats". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ "2008 SEC Football All-Freshman Team Announced". Secsports.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ http://www.gatorzone.com/football/history.php
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Giants' Safety Hill Suspended For Adderall". CBS News New York. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "New York Giants activate Will Hill, place Michael Coe on IR". National Football League. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  8. ^ "Giants safety Will Hill suspended four games for second consecutive season". The Sporting News. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Orr, Conor. "Giants' Will Hill arrested for non-payment of child support, will play on Sunday". NJ.com. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "CSafety Will Hill suspended for six games". Giants.com. 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  11. ^ http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/11020969/new-york-giants-waive-suspended-safety-hill.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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