Jordan Hill (American football)

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Jordan Hill
Jordan Hill 2014.jpg
Hill in 2014.
No. 97 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Steelton (PA) Highspire
College: Penn State
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles: 26
Quarterback sacks: 7.0
Interceptions: 1
Stats at NFL.com

Jordan Thomas Hill (born February 8, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Early years[edit]

Hill was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Steelton Highspire High School in suburban Harrisburg, and played high school football for the Steelton-Highspire Steamrollers. After a senior season during which he earned all-state accolades while helping the Steamrollers win a Class A state championship,[2] Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson recruited Hill heavily. Although he had offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Temple, Hill quickly committed to Penn State.[3]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jordan Hill
DL
Steelton, PA Steelton-Highspire HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 4.7 Jan 5, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 49 (DT), 11 (school)   Rivals: 39 (PA), 24 (school)  247Sports: 58 (strongside DE), 25 (PA), 987 (national), 15 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Hill enrolled in Pennsylvania State University, where he played for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2009 to 2012. He played relatively sparingly in his freshman season, but did record 12 tackles in 8 games, and started four games and played in all 11 during his sophomore year.[2]

As a junior in 2011, Hill led the defensive line by recording 59 tackles including 8 for a loss and 3.5 sacks.[2] Perhaps his best game of the year was against Illinois when he recorded 10 tackles including a tackle for a loss.[4] He earned honorable mention all Big Ten.[2]

In wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, Hill was one of the first Penn State players to come out in support of coach Joe Paterno. "I'm still a big supporter of coach Paterno and he is one of the reasons that I'm here," he said. "All you can really say is no man is perfect at all."[5]

After Penn State's first loss to Ohio University in 2012, senior Hill came out and said that the team needed to move forward.[6] Mid-way through the season, coach Bill O'Brien stumped for Hill and teammates Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti for several year end awards or for the All-American team.[7]

Professional career[edit]

The Seattle Seahawks chose Hill in the third round, with the 87th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. On May 10, 2013, he signed a multi-year rookie contract with Seahawks; financial terms were not disclosed at the time of the announcement.[8] He played in 4 games in the 2013 season, recording 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks, ultimately winning a super bowl ring in Super Bowl XLVIII. [9]

In 2014, Hill was again a bit contributor until Defensive Tackle Brandon Mebane was played on injured reserve after a week 10 game against the New York Giants. Over the final 6 games of the regular season (all wins by the Seahawks, with a total of 39 points allowed), Hill recorded 13 tackles and 5.5 sacks. In a week 15 game against the San Francisco 49ers, he had two sacks of QB Colin Kaepernick. In week 17, he had half a sack and his first career interception of QB Shaun Hill. [10] In this week 17 game, Hill would get injured and ultimately be placed on injured reserve, ending his season as the playoffs started. [11]

Personal[edit]

Hill is the son of Larry and Sue (Dagenhart) Hill. Hill has said that he draws motivation from his father Larry, who has diabetes and suffered from a mild stroke four years ago.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Big Ten Award Winners" (PDF). Big Ten Football. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jordan Hill Profile". Penn State Official Athletic Site. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jordan Hill". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Bittner, Adam. "Penn State Grades Vs. Illinois". SB Nation Pittsburgh. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Armas, Genaro C. (14 July 2012). "Silas Redd, Jordan Hill Among Penn State Football Players Standing By Joe Paterno After Freeh Report". HuffPost Sports. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Pickel, Greg. "Defensive tackle Jordan Hill says Penn State must move forward so "Ohio doesn't beat us twice"". Penn State Football: PennLive.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Flounders, Bob. "And the nominees are ... Penn State coach Bill O'Brien stumps for senior stalwarts Gerald Hodges, Michael Mauti and Jordan Hill". PennLive.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Bob Flounders, "Former Penn State standout Jordan Hill signs multi-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks," PennLive.com (May 10, 2013). Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  9. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/gamelog/_/id/15843/year/2013/jordan-hill
  10. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/gamelog/_/id/15843/jordan-hill
  11. ^ http://www.seahawks.com/news/press/article-1/Seahawks-place-Jordan-Hill-on-injured-reserve/184d6df3-0ecb-48e2-abf6-f555ba65fd98
  12. ^ Bodani, Frank. "Penn State's Jordan Hill is fueled by his father, his best critic". The York Daily Record. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 

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