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Stephen Hill
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Hill in 2016 preseason
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1991-04-25) April 25, 1991 (age 28)
Tucker, Georgia
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43
Career history
*New York Jets ( 2012 2013)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:45
Receiving yards:594
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com

Stephen Trevon Hill (born April 25, 1991) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Hill played college football at Georgia Tech. He has also been a member of the Carolina Panthers.

High school careerEdit

Hill attended Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Georgia, where he was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.[1] He was ranked as the No. 99 wide receiver in the class of 2009.[2]

Track and fieldEdit

Hill also ran track for the Miller Grove High School and Georgia Tech track team. He broke the state long jump record with a leap of 7.84 meters as a high school senior[3] The previous record of 7.80 meters was held by Christian Taylor, who won the NCAA Indoor NCAA championship in the long jump in 2008. Hill's long jump would have won the 2009 ACC Outdoor Championship by 6.98 centimeters and he would have placed tied for ninth at the most recent Olympic Games. He also won the 300-meter hurdles at the 2009 Georgia State Olympics, with a time of 37.91 seconds.[4]

College careerEdit

Hill attended Georgia Tech from 2009 to 2011. He studied sociology.[5] He finished his career with 49 receptions for 1,248 yards and nine touchdowns.

On January 5, 2012, Hill announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional careerEdit

2012 NFL DraftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 215 lb34⅜ in9⅜ in 4.36 s 1.49 s 2.50 s 4.48 s 6.88 s 39½ in 11 ft 1 in 14 reps

At Georgia Tech's Pro Day on March 6, 2012, Hill impressed NFL scouts with his pass catching ability and route running ability, something they had previously questioned.[7] He was considered one of the best wide receiver prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[8]

New York JetsEdit

Hill was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets, who traded their 5th and 7th round selections to the Seattle Seahawks to move up four spots to the 43rd overall and select Hill.[9] Hill came to an agreement with the team on a four-year $5 million contract with approximately $2.8 million in guarantees on May 3, 2012.[10] Hill was named the starting receiver, alongside Santonio Holmes, on September 6, 2012.[11] Hill made his professional debut on September 9, 2012, against division rival Buffalo Bills. Hill recorded five receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Mark Sanchez despite battling a stomach illness.[12] Hill was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2012 after suffering a sprained LCL in his knee. He finished the year with 252 yards and three touchdowns.[13]

In the 2013 season, his second in the league, Hill played in twelve games with the Jets, catching passes from rookie quarterback Geno Smith. In those twelve games Hill recorded 24 catches for 342 yards and just one touchdown—the touchdown came in a Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills where Hill racked up a career-high 108 receiving yards. After missing the Jets' Week 14 game against the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury, the Jets placed Hill on the injured reserve on December 13, 2013, ending his season.[14] Hill was released by the Jets on August 30, 2014.[15]

Carolina PanthersEdit

After clearing waivers, Hill was added to practice squad of the Carolina Panthers on September 2, 2014.[16] On August 2, 2015, he was waived/injured after tearing his right ACL.[17] After going unclaimed, the Panthers placed Hill on injured reserve on August 5.[18] On November 23, 2015, he was placed on reserve/suspended list for one game due to receiving a citation for marijuana possession.[19]

On February 7, 2016, Hill's Panthers played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[20]

On August 28, 2016, Hill was waived by the Panthers.[21]

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

On May 11, 2017, Hill signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Atlanta LegendsEdit

On August 6, 2018, Hill signed with the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season,[22] but did not make the final roster.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Stephen-Hill-79280
  2. https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2119
  3. http://ga.milesplit.com/pages/All_Time_Records
  4. http://ga.milesplit.com/athletes/87016-stephen-hill/feed#.VAS4SPmSwrk
  5. "Stephen Hill". http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/hill_stephen00.html. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  6. Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill entering NFL draft
  7. "Speedy Hill continues ascent at Georgia Tech's pro day". CBS Sports. March 6, 2012. Archived from the original on April 29, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/67Hs66rQt?url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/17626663/speedy-hill-continues-ascent-at-georgia-techs-pro-day. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
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  9. Lange, Randy (April 27, 2012). "Jets Climb Up in Round 2 for WR Stephen Hill". New York Jets. Archived from the original on April 29, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/67HrZEKsM?url=http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-1/Jets-Climb-Up-in-Round-2-for-WR-Stephen-Hill/20326850-21b0-4271-a708-5898d23222c1. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  10. Vrentas, Jenny (May 3, 2012). "Jets agree to four-year, $5 million deal with Stephen Hill". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/67OdZMt0k?url=http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/05/jets_agree_to_terms_with_secon.html. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  11. Vorkunov, Mike (September 6, 2012). "Stephen Hill will start, Antonio Cromartie may play wide receiver against Buffalo Bills". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6AhMJD5vW?url=http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/09/stephen_hill_will_start_antoni.html. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  12. Cimini, Rich (September 10, 2012). "Hill loses lunch, wins praise". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6AblP9Ymq?url=http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/15434/hill-loses-lunch-wins-praise. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  13. Cimini, Rich (December 19, 2012). "Jets' Stephen Hill placed on IR". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on December 21, 2012. https://www.webcitation.org/6D4uwD9kA?url=http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8763933/stephen-hill-new-york-jets-placed-injured-reserve. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
  14. Twitter / nyjets: We have placed WR Stephen Hill (knee) on Injured Reserve.
  15. Lange, Randy (August 30, 2014). "Jets Make Final Cuts to Get to 53". New York Jets. Archived from the original on August 30, 2014. https://www.webcitation.org/6SDrTOp2s?url=http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-randylangefb/Jets-Make-Final-Cuts-to-Get-to-53/d967f477-9c58-4ed6-a18c-c3931d6f0eb7. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  16. Hanzus, Dan (September 2, 2014). "Stephen Hill signed to Panthers' practice squad". National Football League. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. https://www.webcitation.org/6SIkBuicy?url=http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000386643/article/stephen-hill-signed-to-panthers-practice-squad. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  17. Bergman, Jeremy (August 2, 2015). "Panthers waive WR Stephen Hill following torn ACL". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000505714/article/panthers-waive-wr-stephen-hill-following-torn-acl. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  18. Strickland, Bryan (August 5, 2015). "Panthers make roster moves". Panthers.com. http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-make-roster-moves/6b530741-bc2e-4c48-b8fe-48ca9b719e0d. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  19. "Panthers DE Wes Horton suspended 4 games after positive PED test". ESPN.com. November 23, 2015. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14207768/wes-horton-stephen-hill-carolina-panthers-suspended-positive-tests. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  20. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  21. Strickland, Bryan. "Panthers announce first cuts". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-announce-first-cuts/b9346daa-fc66-41f7-80c8-8e36b2c2dd1b.
  22. "Alliance of American Football reveals team names, logos with kickoff drawing near". October 3, 2018. http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/alliance-of-american-football-reveals-team-names-logos-with-kickoff-drawing-near/. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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