Dan Hill (American football)

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Dan Hill
Duke Blue Devils
Position Center, Linebacker
Career history
College Duke (1936–1938)
Personal information
Born: March 8, 1917
Asheville, North Carolina
Died: August 24, 1989 (age 72)
Durham, North Carolina
College Football Hall of Fame (1962)

Dan "Tiger" Hill (March 8, 1917 - August 24, 1989) was a former football player. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, he played center and linebacker for the 1936-1938 Duke Blue Devils football teams.[1] He was All-Southern Conference in 1936 and 1938, and All-American in 1938.[2] He was co-captain of the 1938 "Iron Dukes", which did not allow a point during the regular season and lost the 1939 Rose Bowl 7-3. That season, he finished 10th in the Heisman voting and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers.[3] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962, and into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1972.[2] In 2014, ESPN named Hill's 1938 season the best individual season by a Duke football player.[4]

After playing, he served as assistant athletic director at Duke until 1953.[5] The school awards a "Dan 'Tiger' Hill Award" to the school's top offensive lineman.[6]


  1. ^ "Dan "Tiger" Hill - Inductee Detail". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dan Hill Jr". North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Duke Drafted Players". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Season: The best at every school". ESPN. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dan W. Hill, Jr". Duke Sports Information. 2005-12-14. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Carp, Daniel (January 19, 2013). "Sean Renfree Named Duke Football MVP". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 4 August 2014.