Former Houston Oilers Drew Hill dies after two strokes

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Former Houston Oilers Drew Hill dies after two strokes

Former wide receiver for the Houston Oilers Drew Hill passed way on Friday at a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia after experiencing two severe strokes, according to his agent. Jim Taylor, spokesman for Piedmont Hospital, confirmed his death on Saturday.

Hill was born in Newnan, Georgia on 5 October 1956 and died in Atlanta on 18 March, 2011 at the age of 54. He has spent most of his post-career in Georgia and has worked most recently as a businessman and artist. He has also been active in the NFL Players Association based in Atlanta.

The two-time Pro Bowler was taken ill at a golf course on Thursday and experienced two strokes before passing away on Friday, according to Jay Mathis, his agent.

"I'm shocked," former Oilers quarterback Warren Moon told a local newspaper. "I can't believe it. Drew meant so much to us as a player and as a person. I counted on him so much. He was the consummate professional. It's just so sad."

Hill became a significant factor in the Oilers’ “Run and Shoot” offense during the 1980s after being picked in the 12th round, overall pick number 238, of the 1979 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the Los Angeles Rams from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He played for the Rams for five years, joining the Oilers in 1985. In his six years with the Oilers, Hill made the Pro Bowl twice, in 1988 and 1990, and also played in one Super Bowl.

He then went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons in 1992 and 1993, accumulating a total of 9,831 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns off of 634 catches. He averaged 15.5 yards per reception.

"Drew was a great receiver, one who knew the offense and was always in the right spot," said Moon. "I always knew exactly where Drew would be. He was always cool under pressure.”

Hill spent 14 seasons in the professional leagues and is still the all time leader for pass receptions for the Oilers, now known as the Tennessee Titans. He had more than 60 receptions for seven of eight seasons in a row. He also managed three seasons with at least 70 receptions and five with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

Current Titans head coach, Mike Munchak, also played with Hill and said that he was a tough guy.

"I played with Drew for a number of years, and he was one of the toughest players I ever played with," Munchak said. "He wasn't a big guy, but he wasn't afraid of anything and loved going over the middle making big catches for us. He was made for our run and shoot system. As a person, he was a quiet guy and a real pro."

Funeral arrangements have not been made public yet but Hill will always be remembered as an amazing receiver and an even better person.

 

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