Tyreek Hill

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Tyreek Hill
No. 10 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 23)
Lauderhill, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Douglas (GA) Coffee
College: West Alabama
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 165
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 136
Receiving yards: 1,776
Rushing yards: 326
Kickoff return yards: 384
Punt return yards: 795
Total touchdowns: 20
Player stats at NFL.com
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Barcelona 4×100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Barcelona 200 m

Tyreek D'Shaun Hill (born March 1, 1994) is an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He attended Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State University, and University of West Alabama. Hill is primarily a wide receiver, but also contributes as a return specialist and running back.

Early life[edit]

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Hill later moved to Georgia and attended Coffee High School, where he won both the 100 meters and 200 meters at the 2012 Georgia 5A state meet.[1][2]

On May 26, 2012, at the 36th Golden South Classic in Orlando, Florida, Hill ran a new season-best in the 100 m (10.19) and a PR in the 200 m (20.14).[3] His time in the 200 m missed Roy Martin's 1985 national high school record by only one hundredth of a second. Hill's mark the fastest time by a junior athlete in the 2012 season and the fastest by a junior since Ramil Guliyev's 20.04 in 2009. His time in the 100 m ties Abraham Hall for second fastest by a junior in the 2012 season, behind only Adam Gemili. He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 2012.[4] Hill also clocked a 4.25 40-yard dash at a Nike Sparq Camp.[citation needed] Hill ran a wind-assisted (+5.0 m/s) 9.98 in the 100-meter dash at the 2013 Hutchinson NJCCA Championships.[5]

Hill was a USA Today All-American track and field selection in 2012.[6]

College career[edit]

Garden City Community College[edit]

At Garden City Community College, Hill ran track and played football. As a sophomore in 2013, Hill ran for 659 rushing yards and five touchdowns and caught 67 passes for 532 receiving yards.[7]

Oklahoma State University[edit]

Coming out of Garden City CC, Hill was a highly sought after junior college recruit and chose to attend Oklahoma State University.

On August 30, 2014, Hill made his debut for the Cowboys and caught a season-high six passes for 62-receiving yards in a loss to Florida State. On September 25, 2014, he caught his first career touchdown against Texas Tech and finished the victory with three receptions for 50-yards, six rushing attempts for 39-yards, and three kick returns for a total of 62-yards. In the following game against Iowa State, Hill finished with a season-high 148 kick-return yards on five attempts and returned his first kick return for a touchdown of the season. On November 1, 2014, he gained a season-high 102 rushing yards on 18 attempts and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against Kansas State.[8]

On December 6, 2014, he appeared in his last game as a part of Oklahoma State's football team and helped them win a comeback victory over Oklahoma after he returned a punt for a 92-yard touchdown.[9]

In December 11, 2014, Oklahoma State dismissed Hill from their football and track teams for his domestic violence arrest a few days prior.[9] In his only season at Oklahoma State, Hill had a total of 102 rushing attempts for 534 rushing yards and one touchdown, 31 receptions for 381 receiving yards and a touchdown, 30 kick returns for 740 return yards and two touchdowns, and 27 punt returns for 256 punt return yards and a touchdown. As a running back, wide receiver, and returner, he accounted for 1,811 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns. 996 combined return yards which ranked second in the nation. He was ranked 11th nationally in all-purpose yards.[8]

University of West Alabama[edit]

On September 1, 2015, the University of West Alabama announced that Hill enrolled and would play football for the Tigers during the 2015 season.[10] West Alabama head coach Brett Gilliland has stated that he initially turned down Hill, saying that after he read the police report detailing how he choked and hit his girlfriend. After getting to know Hill personally, he spoke to people at Oklahoma State, Hill's former coaches at Garden City Community College, and a high school mentor. He was also swayed by a part of the plea deal that required Hill to either attend school full-time or be employed.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Hill was projected to be undrafted during the 2016 NFL Draft, mainly due to his domestic violence arrest. Although he was not invited to the NFL combine, Hill was able to showcase his abilities at West Alabama's Pro Day. Scouts were mainly impressed with his speed and he received much praise for his workout.[12] Regardless of his workout, many teams had completely removed Hill from their draft boards, but his head coach from West Alabama maintained that at least 20 teams were still interested in him.[13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
185 lb
(84 kg)
4.25 s 1.50 s 2.51 s 4.06 s 6.53 s 40 12 in
(1.03 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
13 reps
All values from West Alabama Pro day.[12]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

2016[edit]

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the first player from West Alabama to be drafted since 1974, when Ken Hutcherson was drafted 97th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.[11]

The Chiefs were criticized by fans[14] for the selection due to his past issues with domestic violence and the Chiefs' history with former linebacker Jovan Belcher. General Manager John Dorsey had to receive consent from Chiefs' owner Clark Hunt to make the selection and says they thoroughly vetted the prospect which included speaking to the prosecutor that charged him. After drafting him, the Chiefs' held an impromptu press conference and addressed the issue to the media during the first day of rookie mini camp.[15]

On May 17, 2016, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Hill to a four-year, $2.58 million contract that includes $100,000 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $70,000.[16]

Hill began the 2016 season as the Chiefs' starting punt returner, kick returner, and their fourth wide receiver on their depth chart behind veterans Jeremy Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson.[17] In the Kansas City Chiefs' season-opener, he made his first career catch for a nine-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith as the Chiefs came back from being down 21-3 to defeat the San Diego Chargers 33–27 in overtime.

In Week 8, Hill caught five passes for a season-high 98 receiving yards and a touchdown during a 30–14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. On November 13, 2016, Hill had a season-high ten catches for 89 receiving yards, helping the Chiefs comeback from a 17–0 deficit and defeat the Carolina Panthers by a score of 20-17.[18]

On November 27, 2016, Hill returned a kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown, ran for a three-yard touchdown, and caught a three-yard touchdown pass with less than five seconds left in the fourth quarter. He was the first player with a kick return for a touchdown, rushing touchdown, and touchdown reception in a single game since Gale Sayers did so for the Chicago Bears in 1965.[19][20] During his return, he reached a speed of 22.77 miles per hour (36.64 km/h), the fastest speed any NFL player had reached that season.[21] His performance in Week 12 earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[22]

On December 8, 2016, in Week 14, Hill returned a punt against the Oakland Raiders for a 78-yard touchdown and caught six receptions for 66 yards and scored on a 36-yard touchdown reception, helping the Chiefs win 21–13 on Thursday Night Football and move to first place in the AFC West.[23] He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Week 14.[24] During a Week 16 contest against the Denver Broncos, Hill had a season-high six carries for 95 rushing yards and scored a 70-yard rushing touchdown in a 33–10 victory. On January 1, 2017, in the regular season finale, he caught five passes for 46 receiving yards, had three carries for 15 rushing yards, and a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 37-27 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Hill finished his rookie season with 61 receptions for 593 receiving yards and six touchdowns, 24 carries for 267 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, 14 kick returns for a total of 384 yards and a touchdown, and 39 punt returns for 592 yards and two touchdowns. He also appeared in all 16 games, had one start, and made seven combined tackles.[18] Hill was named to the 2017 Pro Bowl as a return specialist.[25] On January 6, 2017, Hill was named First-team All-Pro as a punt returner.[26] He was ranked 36th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[27]

2017[edit]

On September 7, 2017, in the season opener on Thursday Night Football against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Hill finished with a career-high 133 receiving yards on seven receptions, which included a 75-yard reception for a touchdown, as the Chiefs won by a score of 42–27.[28] In Week 5, against the Houston Texans, he recorded a 82-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter.[29] On October 30, against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, Hill threw the first interception of the Chief's season on a failed trick play.[30] On November 5, against the Dallas Cowboys, he scored a 56-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith on an unconventional end-of-half play. The Chiefs lined up like they were going to try a Hail Mary and Smith threw a underneath check-down pass to Hill who had a convoy of blockers clear enough space for him to maneuver to the end zone for the score.[31][32] During a Week 13 matchup against the New York Jets, Hill had 185 receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns, which included a 79-yard touchdown, but the Chiefs lost 31-38. On December 19, 2017, Hill was named to his second Pro Bowl as a return specialist.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Receiving Rushing Kick returns Punt returns All-purpose*
Rec Yds Avg TDs Att Yds Avg TDs Ret Yds Avg TDs Ret Yds Avg TDs TCH Yds Avg TDs
2016 KC 61 593 9.7 6 24 267 11.1 3 14 384 27.4 1 39 592 15.5 2 138 1,836 13.3 12
2017 KC 69 1,074 15.6 7 16 60 3.8 0 0 0 0 0 24 203 8.5 1 109 1,337 12.3 8
Total 130 1667 12.8 13 40 327 8.2 3 14 384 27.4 1 63 795 12.6 3 247 3,173 12.8 20

*Combines stats from runs, receptions, kick returns, and punt returns

Personal life[edit]

Hill was raised by his mother, Virginia Hill. He has a son that was born to him and ex-girlfriend during his time at Oklahoma State.[7]

Legal issues[edit]

Stillwater police records indicate that on December 12, 2014, Hill was arrested on complaints of assault of his 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend. Oklahoma State dismissed him from the football team after the charges.[34]

Hill eventually pled guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and was sentenced to three years of probation, an anger-management course, a year-long batterer's program, and was required to undergo a domestic-abuse evaluation .[15] His ex-girlfriend eventually gave birth to a boy.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ghsa.net/files/documents/track/2012-GHSA-Boys-State-Meet-Best-Performance.pdf
  2. ^ Tyreek Hill of Coffee Co. breaks sub 20s at 2012 GHSA Track on YouTube
  3. ^ "Golden South shocker: Tyreek Hill steals the show with 20.14 200, #2 all-time". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://trackandfieldnews.com/index.php/component/content/article/35-stats/2114-t-fn-boys-hs-aoy
  5. ^ Carles Baronet. "TRACKINSUN Athletics (Track and Field) Results -Athletisme Resultats - Leichtathletik Ergebnisse -". trackinsun.blogspot.com.es. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2012 All-USA boys and girls track teams revealed". USA Today. July 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "University of West Alabama Athletics: Tyreek Hill Bio". uwaathletics.com. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Sports-Reference: Tyreek Hill Game Log". sports preference.com. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Associated Press (August 22, 2015). "Ex-Oklahoma State Running back, Tyreek Hill, gets three-years probation for domestic abuse". Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tyreek Hill, dismissed by OSU after arrest, lands with West Alabama". ESPN. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Terez Paylor (May 2, 2015). "West Alabama coach explains decision to accept Tyreek Hill, says multiple NFL teams were interested". Kansascity.relaynedia.com. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Tyreek Hill, DS #24 WR, West Alabama". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Jarrett Bell. "Bell: Chiefs's take huge risk by drafting Tyreek Hill". amp.usatoday.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  14. ^ Danny Webster (May 8, 2016). "Tyreek Hill comments on Chiefs fans' criticism of draft selection". m.bleacherreport.com. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b Jeffri Chadiha (May 10, 2016). "The thinking behind a highly controversial draft pick". NFL.com. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Spotrac.com: Tyreek Hill contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Ourlads.com: Kansas City Chief's Depth Chart: 9/01/16". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "NFL Player Profile:Tyreek Hill". NFL.com. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ Patra, Kevin (November 28, 2016). "'Freak of nature' Tyreek Hill scores 3 TDs in Chiefs' win". NFL.com. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  20. ^ Joel Thormann (November 27, 2016). "Tyreek Hill did something that hasn't been done since Gale Sayers". arrowheadpride.com. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ Fitzpatrick, Molly (December 15, 2016). "How Did Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill Discover He Was So Fast? Wild Dogs, of Course". Speed. New York. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  22. ^ Ortega, Mark E. (November 30, 2016). "Ingram, Mack among NFL Players of the Week". NFL.com. 
  23. ^ "GameCenter: Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Oakland Raiders". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  24. ^ Lam, Quang M. (December 14, 2016). "Le'Veon Bell, Rodgers among NFL Players of the Week". NFL.com. 
  25. ^ "Four Chiefs Players Named to the 2017 Pro Bowl Roster". Chiefs.com. 
  26. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017. 
  27. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 36 Tyreek Hill
  28. ^ Bergman, Jeremy. "Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill continues big-play tear in win". NFL. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans - October 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  30. ^ "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - October 30th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  31. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Dallas Cowboys - November 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  32. ^ Brzezinski, Alec (2017-11-05). "Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill scores on Hail Mary dump-off to end first half". Sporting News. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  33. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  34. ^ "OSU dismisses Tyreek Hill from football team after domestic assault charges". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Ryan Crouser
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Rudy Winkler