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Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

Posted on: March 19, 2011 2:41 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Oilers wide receiver Drew Hill has passed away at the age of 54. On Friday we wrote that Hill was hospitalized with a “brain-related condition.”

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hill died from two massive strokes.

Former teammate Warren Moon played with Hill during the Oilers’ run-and-shoot era.

“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 spent five seasons with the Rams before joining the Oilers in 1985. He had never caught more than 19 passes in a season until he went to Houston, where he snagged 64 balls his first year.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

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Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

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Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

aspectator - size has nothing to do with steroid use.  many used supplements to RECOVER FROM INJURY QUICKER.  my comment on steroid and supplement use was to bring it to light.  too many focus on concussions when the spectrum of the entire pro football culture has to be looked at.  when so many are unnecessarily dying at way too young an age, its got to be more.  hockey has and has had the same cuncussion issues as pro football, but how many ex hockey players are dying at the same rate as former nfl players?



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

Football as it is played is nothing but brute violence with no regard for consequences that will be manifested later in life. Early on in life I read a book, Meat on the Hoof, which highlighted a young man's dream turned to nightmare all the while playing a game. The Mayans would be proud of our game would they not?
 I loved those Warren Moon Oilers but the players played each and every Sunday with injuries that would and should have put them on IR. How about Warren Moon playing with a broken shoulder blade and busted ribs? How about Drew Hill with bad knees? Everyone talks about todays slot receivers but it was Hill who made the position relevant. The current NFLPA should demand the season go back to 14 games and reduce preseason to 2 games and several scrimmages. As for me get rid of the FREAK FAT BOYS. Come on what is natural about 300 pounds? Lombardi and Landry would have cut those guys long ago. Overweight and injury prone. Owners care about revenue so much well then expand rosters and contract teams if you still want the season as is. Then make up rules for maximum games played by all personnell and limit those with injuries to games played only according to relevancy and recovery time minimums.
 Each year I am amazed at the Jack Tatumesque and Ray Lewis like pure savagery of football. With the thugs and fatmen and commercials how is pro football a viable business? Come on take it back to a skill game less about the savageness of man.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:29 am
 

Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

I know the whole concussion/brain degredation discussion is the flavour of the day but there is much speculation in these posts with little/no information to speculate about. The "brain related condition" he was hospitalized for may have simply been blockage of an artery to the brain causing multiple strokes and death. Although very sad (especially at such a young age) there is nothing here related to the exact cause of death and it could have been from so many things. Granted consussions could have been the cause as well but theres no point in going overboard when there is no information to work with. I'm sure in time we will find out more as we did with Dave Duerson but in the meantime save your energy for well wishes to his family in very difficult time and wait for the results of the (likely) autopsy.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:07 am
 

Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

Drew played the game right and NEVER took any enhancing performance drugs; so take that off the table.
GlennW I never had steroids on the table, but you have to agree that 54 years of age is just way too soon to die. There had to be some kind of underlying illness that caused him to pass away so soon.

It might very well be the long-term effects of concussions that he and many players such as the late Dave Duerson suffered which is now coming to light as the medical field is really starting to learn more and more about concussions. In the era that Drew played in concussions were referred as "getting your bell rung" and players were run back on to the field where it was very possible to get a second concussion that compounded the effects of the first concussion. Now imagine being concussed on multiple concussions game in and game out for a 14-game season (which became a 16-game season back in 1978), especially at the wide receiver position where the hits delivered to them were wicked and the equipment receivers wore was not as sophisticated as it is today and you can not take concussions off the table.

It is tragic and as I said in my comments my prayers and condolences goes out to his family and wish that he now rests in peace.



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:38 am
 

Former Oiler Drew Hill dies at 54

It's very sad that a man lost his life at such an early stage.All I can do is ask God to bless his soul,his family & everyone who knew & loved him.Rest In Peace Drew Hill !



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