Jerry Hill (American football)

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Jerry Hill
No. 45
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1939-10-12) October 12, 1939 (age 79)
Torrington, Wyoming, United States
Career information
NFL Draft:1961 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,668
Rush attempts:706
Rushing TDs:22
Receiving yards:970
Games played:102
Player stats at PFR

Jerry Hill (born October 12, 1939) is a former professional American football running back for the National Football League's Baltimore Colts. He is a native of Lingle, Wyoming.

University of Wyoming[edit]

Hill played his collegiate football for Wyoming Cowboys football. He was an All-Skyline Conference running back in 1959 and 1960, and was part of the 1958 Wyoming Cowboys football team that won the Sun Bowl. Jerry Hill was selected as Wyoming Football's player of the 20th Century in 1992.[1] He finished his collegiate career with 1,374 rushing yards on 288 carries. He was named as an Honorable Mention All-American in 1959 and 1960.

Baltimore Colts[edit]

Beginning in the 1961 season he played for eight seasons with the Baltimore Colts, playing in both Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V.

National Brewing Company introduced Colt 45 in 1963. Listed on the Pabst website as a "Fun Fact", Colt 45 was named after running back #45 Jerry Hill of the 1963 Baltimore Colts and not the .45 caliber handgun ammunition round.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • All Skyline Conference Running Back, 1959
  • All Skyline Conference Running Back, 1960
  • Inducted into Wyoming Cowboys Hall of Fame, October 29, 1993.[1]
  • Member of 1958 Sun Bowl Champions
  • Member of 1968 NFL Champions
  • Member of Super Bowl V Champions
  • Wyoming Football Player of the 20th Century
  • Namesake of the Colt 45 malt liquor


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-10-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Tom (2013-09-06). "Why Is It Named Colt 45?". Ghosts of Baltimore. Retrieved 2019-02-19.