Friday, December 4, 2015

1976 Profile: J.D. Hill

Wide Receiver
No. 40
Arizona State
"Hill led the Bills in receiving yardage and touchdown passes caught for the second straight year in 1975 when he caught 36 passes for 667 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranked second to Bob Chandler in total receptions and has caught 68 passes for 1,239 yards and 13 touchdowns over the last two years. J.D. has been the second leading receiver and has caught the longest pass for the Bills in each of the last three seasons.
J.D. had 147 yards in receptions in the Bills' first win over the Patriots when he grabbed a 77-yard bomb from Joe Ferguson. That play was the longest catch of his career and sixth longest in Buffalo history. He had eight receptions against both Baltimore and Detroit in 1972, his career single game high mark.
The top draft choice of the Bills in 1971, J.D. led the Bills with 52 receptions in 1972 when he ranked fourth in the AFC. He was selected as a member of the '72 AFC Pro Bowl team. J.D. has blazing speed and has seen action on the kickoff and punt return teams. With 160 career catches he ranks third on the all-time Bills receiving list and needs just three to move into second place ahead of Glenn Bass.
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. J.D. also ran the 100 and the 220 for the Arizona State track team; his 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. A motivating force behind several off-season football clinics for disadvantaged youth, his free clinic in Phoenix, Arizona was attended by 26 NFL players and drew 1,200 youngsters. J.D. worked last winter for BUILD in Buffalo. He's greatly interested in working with young people."

-Buffalo Bills 1976 Yearbook

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