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CloakNNNdagger
03-18-2011, 07:03 PM
Since this story broke, it is reported by John McClain on 610 that Hill has suffered a severe stroke and is "trying to hang on to life." My prayers go out to him and his family.

12:32 pm March 17, 2011, by Doug Roberson

Former Georgia Tech and NFL standout Drew Hill has been admitted to Piedmont Hospital for an undisclosed reason, an official with the hospital confirmed today. There were no updates on Hill’s status as of 4 p.m.

Hill is in Tech’s record books in several categories: receiving yards per season (t-15th, 708, 1978), receiving yards/career (19th, 1,080, 1975-78), and yards per reception/career (t-4th, 19.3, 1975-78).

Hill, a native of Newnan, caught 634 passes for 9,831 yards and 60 touchdowns in the NFL. He was selected by the Rams in the 12th round of the NFL draft in 1979. He played for the Falcons in 1992-93.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

TEXANRED
03-18-2011, 07:24 PM
I hope he pulls through and everything will be fine.

He was one of my favorite Oilers.

False Start
03-18-2011, 07:46 PM
Get well soon 85!

Showtime100
03-18-2011, 08:13 PM
Get well soon Big Drew! This sucks.

Drew Hill return for a touchdown - GTech, 1978 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSnlFTwhlsc)

Man he was fast.

jaayteetx
03-18-2011, 08:20 PM
Drew Hill was awesome, a lot of really good football memories as a child because of him. Hope he pulls through.

Texan_Bill
03-18-2011, 08:22 PM
WOW!! Definitely thoughts and prayers to Drew Hill and his family!! Hang in there Drew, just like you hung onto all those receptions!!!

http://www.sportsmemorabilia.com/image_php_409791.jpg

CloakNNNdagger
03-18-2011, 08:39 PM
A friend of mine in Atlanta has confirmed to me that Hill sustained two back to back massive strokes this morning. I would have to say that few with that chronological history of significant strokes survive.

jaayteetx
03-18-2011, 08:55 PM
A friend of mine in Atlanta has confirmed to me that Hill sustained two back to back massive strokes this morning. I would have to say that few with that chronological history of significant strokes survive.

Not good. How old is he? Mid to early fifties? Too young.

Showtime100
03-18-2011, 08:57 PM
Not good. How old is he? Mid to early fifties? Too young.

Wiki says October 5, 1956. 54 years old. Geeez that's scary to me at my age.

CloakNNNdagger
03-18-2011, 09:41 PM
Wiki says October 5, 1956. 54 years old. Geeez that's scary to me at my age.


Sad to say, I've participated in the surgical care of too many youngsters that stroked in their 20's.

CloakNNNdagger
03-19-2011, 09:57 AM
Former Pro Bowl WR Hill hospitalized with brain conditionBy Len Pasquarelli
The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
March 18, 2011
ATLANTA -- Former NFL wide receiver Drew Hill, a two-time Pro Bowl performer, has been hospitalized here, and sources said the 14-year veteran is in very serious condition and battling a brain-related condition.

Hill, 54, was admitted Thursday to Piedmont Hospital. Sources said that Hill was on the golf course when he took ill, and was transmitted to Piedmont. After Hill was diagnosed with high blood pressure, he departed the hospital, but then was subsequently re-admitted when he experienced headaches.

Hospital officials confirmed Hill's admission but declined to discuss his condition.

Two sources close to the Hill family said the former wide receiver, who retired in 1993 after spending two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, was being treated for either a stroke or an aneurism.

Essentially the same, in that in light of the seriousness, the aneurism would have to be "leaking" (ruptured) also with resultant stroke.........being triggered by high blood pressure episode.

NitroGSXR
03-19-2011, 01:56 PM
And the tears come out... Stroke took my mom in January. She was 60.

RIP, Drew. You were beloved.

Texans34Life
03-19-2011, 02:27 PM
....reported by 610.

EDIT:

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/sports/nfl/110319-former-oilers-star-drew-hill-passes-away

painekiller
03-19-2011, 02:30 PM
chron.com (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/fb/texansfront/7480635.html)

Sad news, Drew was a wonderful player, underrated by the national media, but a great Houston Oiler.

CloakNNNdagger
03-19-2011, 02:33 PM
Fan favorite, Moon's top target dies at 54Two strokes sent former Oilers receiver Hill to hospital
By JOHN McCLAIN
Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle
March 19, 2011, 12:18PM
Receiver Drew Hill, who was quarterback Warren Moon’s favorite target during the Oilers’ run-and-shoot era, died Friday night in an Atlanta hospital.

Hill, 54, suffered two massive strokes.

Hill, 5-9, 175, was one of the Oilers’ most popular players during one of the most successful eras in franchise history.

“I’m shocked,” Moon said. “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 was a Georgia native who played at Georgia Tech and was selected in the 12th round of the 1979 draft by the Los Angeles Rams.

In five seasons with the Rams, Hill never caught more than 19 passes. After the Oilers signed Moon to the largest contract in NFL history, five years, $5.5 million, in 1984, they wanted to surround him with top-notch receivers and linemen. They traded two low draft choices for Hill.

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

“He had a low-key demeanor. He didn’t get upset. He was always cool under pressure.”

Hill, who played inside receiver, thrived in the run-and-shoot. In 1985, his first season with the Oilers, Hill had 64 receptions for 1,169 yards (18.3 average per catch) and nine touchdowns.

The Oilers drafted Ernest Givins in 1986 and Haywood Jeffires and Curtis Duncan in 1987. All four receivers made the Pro Bowl.

They used first-round picks on offensive linemen Mike Munchak (1982), Bruce Matthews (1983) and Dean Steinkuhler (1984) before loading up on receivers for Moon. They made the playoffs in 1987 and every year through 1993.

In his seven seasons with the Oilers (1985-1991), Hill had at least 1,000 yards five times. In his other two seasons, he had 989 in the strike-shortened 1982 season and 939 in 1989 when he missed two games because of injuries.

“I spent some time with Drew in Atlanta and December,” said Green Bay scout Alonzo Highsmith, the Oilers’ top draft choice in 1987. “I’m stunned. I asked him how he was doing, and he said he was doing all right.

“As a player, I remember Drew being all vertical. He was a great deep threat, fast but very smooth.

“As a person, Drew was quiet and humble. He never sought attention for himself. He was a great guy and a great teammate. We used to play poker at his house. We had so much fun. He’s going to be missed by many.”

Hill, an avid golfer, signed with the Falcons in 1992 and played two more seasons before retiring and going into private business in Atlanta.

texanhead08
03-19-2011, 02:41 PM
RIP and thanks for all the fun memories we have watching you play.

gary
03-19-2011, 02:44 PM
Very sad news and may he rest in peace. There is already a thread about this in the NFL forum.

The Pencil Neck
03-19-2011, 03:00 PM
That's sad. Had some great memories because of him.

Txn_in_FL
03-19-2011, 03:08 PM
RIP Drew.

False Start
03-19-2011, 03:21 PM
Rip 85. :(

jaayteetx
03-19-2011, 03:24 PM
RIP Drew.

steelbtexan
03-19-2011, 03:53 PM
RIP Drew Hill

May god comfort your family in this time of sadness.

Showtime100
03-19-2011, 03:56 PM
RIP Drew.

Hardcore Texan
03-19-2011, 04:34 PM
RIP, sad news indeed.

Playmaker
03-19-2011, 07:38 PM
Rip drew.

TEXANRED
03-19-2011, 09:07 PM
Horrible news.

Goodbye Drew and thanks for everything.

playa465
03-19-2011, 10:08 PM
RIP Drew, thanks for the memories.

Marcus
03-19-2011, 10:17 PM
Wiki says October 5, 1956. 54 years old. Geeez that's scary to me at my age.

Scary to you at your age?

Son, when you get on the other side of 55, you have a good day just by waking up in the morning.

RIP Drew Hill.

Showtime100
03-19-2011, 10:22 PM
Scary to you at your age?

Son, when you get on the other side of 55, you have a good day just by waking up in the morning.

RIP Drew Hill.

Lol, I hear you Marcus. I hope the get there where you are my friend. No guarantees, but I can hope. :)

valleytexfan
03-20-2011, 02:18 AM
One of my favorite Oilers....RIP Drew

Texanmike02
03-20-2011, 06:27 AM
To young. Its scary to me that the icons of my youth are starting to pass.

Mike

srrono
03-20-2011, 12:01 PM
Oilers run & shoot days were when I stoped being a casual fan and started being a NFL fanatic. Great times with my father and little brothers watching Moon - White - Givens - Hill - Jefferies - What a fun offense to watch. Thank You Drew Hill for the memories and God bless you and your Family.

chicagotexan2
03-21-2011, 08:59 AM
One of my favorite Oilers....RIP Drew

Drew was one of favorites too. I loved the Oilers back then, but I hate hate hate the titans.

El Tejano
03-21-2011, 09:13 AM
I will always remember a Sunday night game vs Cleveland in the dome. I believe it was in 92 or something. Oilers needed a TD to win and Moon hit Hill for the game winner and the place went crazy. I also remember when he broke the Oiler career receptions record vs. New York Jets with a game winning TD. Thanks Drew for the memories!

Texan_Bill
03-21-2011, 09:27 AM
RIP Drew. Thank you for so many fond memories. May your family find peace and the Good Lord take care of them.

Hookem Horns
03-21-2011, 05:32 PM
Wow, very sad. I noticed that said his initial stroke was brought on by a high blood pressure episode. Question for the Doc, how high does BP need to be to bring on something like that?

So many Americans have hypertension and let it go. I tend to be borderline however have been able to keep it in check with eating well and activity. I know the official number is 140/90 as being high, however some docs now say you want to stay below 120/70. I am more in the 130s/80s range more often than not.

eriadoc
03-21-2011, 06:26 PM
This is a sad thing to hear.

There was a period of time when Drew Hill was one of the four or five best WRs in the game, IMO. The first five years of his career were wasted with the Rams. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for Hill, Jeffries, and Givens.