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Former Oilers Wide Receiver Drew Hill Dies at 54 After Suffering Strokes

Drew Hill, a two-time National Football League Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Houston Oilers, died after suffering two massive strokes.

Hill, 54, died March 18 in Atlanta, Tennessee Titans spokesman Robbie Bohren said in an e-mail. The Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997 and changed their name to the Titans in 1999. Hill, who played for three teams in his 14-year career, is second on the Titans’ list for yards receiving and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1988 and 1990.

Hill attended Georgia Tech and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 12th round of the 1979 NFL draft. He played five seasons with the Rams, primarily as a kickoff returner, and made his only Super Bowl appearance in 1980 when the Rams lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hill joined the Oilers in 1985, where he teamed with quarterback Warren Moon in the team’s fast-paced “Run and Shoot” offense. In his seven seasons in Houston, Hill ranked in the league’s top 10 in yards receiving six times. In 1992 he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.

Hill had 634 receptions and 60 touchdowns in his 14-year career. His 9,831 career yards receiving rank 36th in NFL history.

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