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John Tye Hill (born June 3, 1982 in St. George, South Carolina) is an American football cornerback, acquired in the 2006 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Early Years

Hill graduated from Woodland High School where during his senior year he rushed for 1,445 yards in seven games. While running track in high school, he raced against Troy Williamson of Jacksonvill Jaguars, and Larry Bee Forster in which Larry defeated both of them.

College career

Hill played college football at Clemson University, where he holds the school 60 metres record with a time of 6.63s. He graduated with degree in human resource development. Hill was an All-American selection in 2005 and also an First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice. He was also a finalist for the Thorpe Award, given to nation’s top defensive back. He had three interceptions, defended 7 passes and 54 total tackles. In 2004 Hill defensed 21 passes, two tackles for a loss and a sack to go along with his 52 tackles. In 2003 he started 11 of the 13 games and had seven pass breakups and two interceptions in his first season as a defenive back while also totaling 37 tackles. In 2002 Hill was a running back and was Clemson's third-leading rusher as a freshman with 225 yards on 42 carries and led all Tiger running backs in yards per carry (5.4). In 2001 he red-shirted as a running back.

Hill was also an accomplished member of the track and field team at Clemson, winning three ACC championships and several all-conference accolades.

Pre-draft

While at the 2006 NFL Combine he also posted the fastest electronically timed 40 yard dash—4.31 seconds.

St. Louis Rams

Hill was drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the St. Louis Rams in the 2006 NFL Draft. On July, 31, 2006, Hill signed five-year $10.2 million contract with the Rams. In his rookie season he started in ten out of 16 games and finished the year with 50 tackles and three interceptions. Hill started his NFL career with a bang by recording two tackles and an interception, in the season opener against the Broncos. He capped the season by being named Rams Rookie of the Year and was voted to the 2006 All-Rookie honors from PFWA. For the 2007 season, he played in eight games and finished the season with 35 tackles and one interception. However, that interception was instrumental in the Rams 13-7 victory over the Divisional rival 49ers, in San Francisco on November 18, 2007. He finished the season on injured reserve. In 2008, in four starts, Hill totaled 20 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and a forced fumble. Hill tore cartilage in his knee which forced him to sit out the rest of the season after playing only four games. It was the second straight season he ended on injured resereve.

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Man, to bad we're going to have to play the mighty Leftwitch twice this year. :(

Only elite coners of the highest calibur could stop him

Hate to disagree with you here, but we will only see Leftwich for maybe 2 quarters in the first game. He will definitely be out with an injury before the second game.

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