Ray Hill (American football)
|Date of birth||August 7, 1975|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
|Date of death||August 6, 2015(aged 39)|
|Place of death||Dallas, Texas|
|2001||New England Patriots|
Raymond Millous "Ray" Hill (August 7, 1975 – August 6, 2015) was a college and professional American football player. He was a defensive back at Michigan State, and played four seasons in the NFL, splitting three seasons between the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. He was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent in 2001, and was part of their Super Bowl XXXVI championship season. He suffered a leg injury during the 2001 preseason, and was placed on injured reserve for the entire season. His younger brother, Renaldo Hill, is currently a free agent.
Hill attended Chadsey High School in Detroit, Michigan, where he was a three-year starter at defensive back.
Hill was a three-year starter (1995–1997) for the Michigan State Spartans; all three years of which he played under former head coach Nick Saban. Hill finished his Spartan career with 115 solo tackles, six interceptions, and four forced fumbles.
A second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 1997, Hill recorded 68 tackles (two for losses, including a sack), intercepted four passes, and led the team in fumbles caused with three. Hill set a Spartan single-season record for most passes broken up in a season with 16.
In 1999 Hill appeared in all 16 regular season games. Recording one tackle and a pass defense on defense. Hill finished sixth on the team with 14 tackles on special teams, where he also forced a fumble. Hill appeared in both playoff games following the 1999 season in a reserve role.
Hill re-signed with the Miami Dolphins as an exclusive rights free agent on May 5, 2000. During the 2000 season, Hill recorded seven special teams tackles ( 5 solos, 2 assists), and one pass defense on defense, before being released by the Miami Dolphins on October 25, 2000.
Granted free agency on March 1, 2001, Hill re-signed with the Buffalo Bills and was waived on June 1, 2001.
New England Patriots
On June 11, 2001, Hill was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots from the Buffalo Bills. Hill suffered a leg injury on August 18, 2001, during a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. On August 28, 2001, Hill was placed on injured reserve.
Hill died on August 6, 2015 at the age of 39 after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.