Randal Hill
No. 81, 89
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1969-09-21) September 21, 1969 (age 54)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Killian (Kendall, Florida)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL draft:1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:262
Receiving yards:3,849
Touchdowns:14

Randal "Thrill" Hill (born September 21, 1969) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) from 1991 through 1997. He played for the Miami Dolphins, Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals, and New Orleans Saints. After his playing career, Hill ran in the 2016 election for the United States House of Representatives in Florida's 24th congressional district.

Football career

Hill graduated from Miami Killian High School in Kendall, Florida, where he played for the school's American football team as a cornerback. He attended the University of Miami, and played college football for the Miami Hurricanes football team. At Miami, he became a wide receiver.[1] In his Hurricanes' career, Hill had 107 receptions for 1,643 yards with 11 touchdowns, and returned 54 kickoffs for an average of 21.6 yards per return.[2]

The Miami Dolphins selected Hill in the first round, with the 23rd overall selection, of the 1991 NFL draft.[3][4] Hill missed four weeks of training camp in a contract dispute, before he signed with the Dolphins, reportedly for $2 million. After the first game of the 1991 season, with Dolphins coach Don Shula believing that Hill was not ready to play, the Dolphins traded Hill to the Phoenix Cardinals for a first round pick in the 1992 NFL draft.[5] Hill caught 43 passes for 495 yards and one touchdown in 1991, had 58 receptions for 861 yards in 1992, and recorded 35 receptions for 519 yards with four touchdowns in 1993.[6] He played with the Cardinals through the 1994 season, and then returned to Miami for the 1995 and 1996 seasons. He spent the 1997 season with the New Orleans Saints. He led the Saints with 55 receptions for 761 yards. He signed with the Chicago Bears for the 1998 season,[7] but did not make the team.

Hill was interviewed about his time at the University of Miami for the documentary The U, which premiered December 12, 2009 on ESPN.

Career after football

After his football career ended, Hill worked for the Sunrise, Florida, police department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. He then became an agent for United States Customs.[8][9]

In July 2015, Hill declared that he would run in the Democratic Party primary election against incumbent U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson in the 2016 election to represent Florida's 24th congressional district in the House of Representatives.[8] Wilson defeated Hill.[10]

Personal life

Hill lives in Davie, Florida, with his wife, an internal medicine doctor.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Randal Hill". The Miami News. Retrieved July 7, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Either Carroll or Hill would give Miami deep threat". Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  3. ^ "1991 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  4. ^ "Dolphins believe 'Thrill' is back in attack". The News. Retrieved July 7, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search.
  5. ^ "Cardinals need speed, so Miami gives 'em Hill for top draft pick". The Prescott Courier. Retrieved July 7, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search.
  6. ^ "Cards'climb could start with Hill". The Daily Courier. July 10, 1994.
  7. ^ "Bears sign Randal Hill; Emmitt impressive in scrimmage". The Daily Courier. Retrieved July 7, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search.
  8. ^ a b c "Former Dolphins player and federal agent Randal Hill to run against U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson – Naked Politics". Miami Herald. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Miami's Randal "Thrill" Hill: Hot Dog To Federal Agent". lostlettermen.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "Frederica Wilson beats Randal Hill for District 24 position". local10.com. August 30, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2021.