Grant and Calvin Hill are two names in the football and basketball world that people are familiar with. Let’s take a look at the careers they both had.
Calvin Hill won a Super Bowl during his career
Hill played his college football at Yale College and became one of the team’s top players. After his three years at Yale, he finished his career with 2,527 all-purpose rushing yards, 1,512 rushing yards from scrimmage, 858 receiving yards, and 298 passing yards.
After his career in college, he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1969 NFL draft. Hill quickly established himself as one of the best running backs in the league in his rookie season. Through the first nine games of the season, he rushed for 807 yards. He ended up breaking his toe and played the last two games of the season on it. Hill finished his rookie season rushing for 942 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and received All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
In the next few seasons, Hill dealt with some injuries and had to miss a good number of games. But the 1972 season was a big year for Hill. He became the first running back in franchise history to rush for more than 1,000 yards. That season he finished with 1,045 yards and six touchdowns. The next season he broke his record rushing for 1,142 yards. Hill had a great six-year career in Dallas, helping the team win a Super Bowl, and he was selected to four Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams.
After his career in Dallas, he played for the Hawaiians of the World Football League. He played for the team in 1975 and only appeared in three games before injuring his right knee. Hill returned to the NFL and finished his career playing for the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns. He played in the NFL for 12 seasons, rushing for 6,083 yards with 42 touchdowns and had 2,861 receiving yards with 23 touchdowns.
Grant Hill had a successful NBA career
Just like his father, Grant Hill had success in his rookie season. The Detroit Pistons drafted Hill with the third pick in the 1994 NBA draft out of Duke. In his first season, he averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, five assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He became the first Pistons rookie since Isiah Thomas to score 1,000 points. Hill was named Co-Rookie of the Year along with Jason Kidd.
Hill was one of the best players in the league, in his first six years playing with the Pistons. He made the All-Star team in his first four seasons and made five overall appearances as a member of the Pistons. After playing in Detroit, Hill was traded to the Orlando Magic. Hill was hampered with injuries during his time in Orlando, and he could not become a dominant player like he was in Detroit. The 2004-05 season was his best year playing in Orlando as he averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists as he was named to the All-Star team for the seventh time in his career. After playing in Orlando, Hill joined the Phoenix and spent five seasons there before ending his career with the Los Angeles Clippers.
If it wasn’t for the injuries he suffered, Hill could have gone on to do some amazing things. But he still had a successful NBA career averaging 16.7 points, six rebounds, and 4.1 assists. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.
The Hill men knew what it took to have success in their respected sport
Looking at both of their careers, they knew what hard work all was about. Even though they both suffered injuries during their career, they did not let that hold them back. When you think of a father and son sports duo, you would think that they played the same sport. But not in this case.
Grant Hill decided to go a different route than his father, but one thing he learned from his father was that hard work pays off.