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Tyreek Hill Took a Unique Path to Becoming a $54 Million NFL Star

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has become an electric player in the NFL. Hill is arguably one of the fastest players in the league and is an absolute playmaker. He’s become a top player for the Chiefs, and he helped the team win their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Before entering the NFL, Hill took a unique path to become the star player he is today.

Tyreek Hill attended three schools during his college career

In high school, Hill was a standout in track and field. He attended Coffee High School in Georgia, where he won the 100 meters and 200 meters at the 2012 Georgia 5A state meet. That same year he was named Track and Field News “High School Athlete of the Year.” Hill was also a USA Today All-American track and field selection in 2012. After his high school career, Hill went the junior college route and attended Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Hill ran track and played football at Garden City. He ran for 659 rushing yards and five touchdowns during his sophomore season and had 67 receptions for 532 yards. Hill was a top junior college recruit after his time at Garden City and decided to attend Oklahoma State University. He only spent one year at Oklahoma State and finished with 1,811 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in 2014. In December of 2014, Hill was dismissed from the football and track teams after being arrested for domestic violence. According to an ESPN article, in 2015, Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery in an incident involving his then-girlfriend at the time. He received three years of probation after pleading guilty.

After being dismissed from Oklahoma State, Hill enrolled at Division II West Alabama, where he finished his football career. At West Alabama, Hill spent time as a running back, receiver, and returner. Through 11 games, he finished with 1,403 all-purpose yards and a total of eight touchdowns. 

Tyreek Hill did not give up on his dream of making it to the NFL

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One thing that Hill wanted to do was to play in the NFL. After he finished playing at West Alabama, he was preparing for the upcoming draft. Hill was not invited to the NFL combine, but he did attend the Pro Day at West Alabama. The Chiefs decided to take Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft. He was the first player drafted from West Alabama since 1974. 

During his rookie season, he put some impressive numbers for the Chiefs. He had a total of 1,836 all-purpose yards. The Chiefs used him as a running back, receiver, and return man, just like in college. Hill was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team after a productive first season. He also made his first Pro Bowl team as a return specialist and was a First-Team All-Pro selection as a punt returner.

The Chiefs continued to use Hill in various roles after his rookie season, and he continued to put up productive numbers. Hill is one of the fastest players in the NFL, and he possesses explosive speed, which makes it tough for defenders to stop him. It wasn’t long before Hill became a top player for the Chiefs.

Hill dealt with off the field issues in 2019

While Hill was making a name for himself on the field, he also was making a name for himself off the field. In March of 2019, there was an investigation involving Hill for alleged battery after an incident involving his three-year-old son, who sustained a broken arm. According to a USA Today article, the Chiefs suspended Hill in April after recordings from a conversation between Hill and his then-fiancée, Crystal Espinal, at a Dubai airport were made public. In a clip played by KCTV5-TV in Kansas City, Espinal accused Hill of breaking their 3-year-old son’s arm.

Along with Hill and Espinal, league investigators interviewed their families. After a four-month investigation, the NFL determined that Hill did not violate the league’s personal conduct policy. After the investigation concluded, the Chiefs announced that Hill could return to the team at the start of training camp.

Hill receiving a contract extension and winning his first Super Bowl

At the beginning of the 2019 season, Hill signed a three-year $54 million extension. Hill appeared in 12 games during the regular season and finished with 58 receptions for 860 yards and seven touchdowns. He made his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl team as a member of the Chiefs

Hill put together a big performance in the Super Bowl as he finished with nine receptions for 105 yards as the Chiefs made a big comeback to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. It’s been a journey for Hill, and he continues to play at a high level on the field. He started his college career at a junior college and worked to become a Super Bowl champion and one of the league’s top players.