Kenny Hill (defensive back)

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Kenny Hill
No. 48,42
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-07-25) July 25, 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth: Oak Grove, Louisiana
Career information
College: Yale
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 8 / Pick: 194
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 7
Sacks: 3.0
Fumble recoveries: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Hill (born July 25, 1958 in Oak Grove, Louisiana) is a former National Football League player whose career lasted ten seasons, from 1980 until 1989. Hill played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants, and Kansas City Chiefs and earned three Super Bowl rings, the first two with the 1980 and 1982 Raiders, the third with the 1986 New York Giants. Hill is the first and only Ivy League football athlete to have played on three Super Bowl championship teams.

Hill played college football at Yale University, coached by College Football Hall of Fame member Carmen Cozza. Hill lettered three years, amassing 1594 rushing yards on 356 carries.[1] He gained 910 yards rushing his junior year[2] and returned kickoffs and punts on special teams during three varsity seasons. Hill was named to the 1979 All-Ivy League First Team and 1978 All-Ivy League Second Team.[3]Hill majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biophysics.[4]

Hill had signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisiana State for Charlie McClendon, another member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Hill was recruited by LSU to play defensive back. "I can't blame him for going to Yale. He's very bright," McClendon remarked. Hill turned down football scholarship offers from, among others, the football programs at Baylor, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and Tulane.[5]

Hill, a varsity track letterwinner at Yale for Coach Lee Calhoun, had been timed at 4.46 in the forty yard dash, and 9.7 in the 100 yard dash in college. Calhoun thought Hill could run a 9.5 in the 100 if he concentrated on track.[1]

Hill, like former Yale football athletes Don Martin, Dick Jauron and fellow Super Bowl champion Gary Fencik, converted successfully to defensive back in the NFL from running back or wide receiver.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sports Archived 2013-08-17 at the Wayback Machine. preference.com/cfb/players/Ken-hill-1.html
  2. ^ Yale University Official Football Program, October 27, 1979, Pennsylvania Vs. Yale, "A New Pro Prospect Named Hill", pg. 15, by line Jon Stein, The New Haven Register
  3. ^ Harvard Crimson, "It's All-Ivy Time", November 28, 1978, by line John Donley
  4. ^ Bernstein, Mark F (2001). Football: The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 243. ISBN 9780812236279. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Vs. Yale program, pg. 15
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Vs. Yale program, pg. 15