Wednesday, November 11, 2015

1975 Profile: J.D. Hill

Wide Receiver
No. 40
Arizona State
"Hill had a big season in 1974, leading the squad in receiving yardage (572) and achieving a personal high for touchdown receptions (6). He ranked second to Ahmad Rashad in total receptions with 32.
He made spectacular diving catches for touchdowns at Baltimore (47 yards) and Miami (44 yards). His single game high of five catches came against Miami and was matched against Chicago. J.D.'s best afternoon for receiving yardage was 96 at Los Angeles (on four catches). He was involved in the Bills' longest pass play of the season, a 55-yard gainer against the Rams.
J.D. was Buffalo's second leading receiver in 1973 when he caught 29 for 422 yards. His 42-yard gain on a pass from Joe Ferguson was the Bills' longest aerial success of 1973. His personal career single game high marks are eight receptions (twice in 1972), 129 yards (1972) and 58 yards on a pass play (1972). Selected as a member of the 1972 AFC Pro Bowl team, J.D. led the Bills with 52 catches in '72 and ranked fourth in the AFC.
He has blazing speed, and has also seen service as both a kickoff and punt returner. The top draft choice of the Bills in 1971, injuries cut his rookie season to five games. Hill presently ranks fifth on Buffalo's list of all-time leading receivers.
Hill was the Most Valuable Player on Arizona State's undefeated (11-0) 1970 club and was included on every major All-America team. He was Senior Bowl MVP and a member of the College All-Star squad. He also ran the 100 and the 220 for the Arizona State track team; J.D.'s best times were 9.3 for the 100 and 20.3 for the 220.
J.D.'s major subjects at Arizona State were physical education and elementary education. He was one of the motivating forces behind two off-season football clinics, named in his honor, for disadvantaged youth; the free clinic in Phoenix, Arizona was attended 26 NFL players and drew 1,200 youngsters. J.D. is greatly interested in charitable work, particularly with young people. Dancing and singing are his hobbies."

-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook

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