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Calvin Hill
Running back
Jersey #(s)
Born January 2, 1947 (1947-01-02) (age 63)
Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
Year(s) 19691981
NFL Draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
College Yale
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing yards 6,083
Average 4.2
Touchdowns 42
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Calvin G. Hill (born January 2, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a retired American football running back who had a 12-year NFL career from 1969 to 1981. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. In 1975 he moved to the World Football League to play for The Hawaiians where he carried the ball 49 times for 218 yards and no touchdowns in 1975.[1]

Hill was named to the Pro Bowl team four times (1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974). In 1972, he became the first Cowboy running back to have a 1,000 yard rushing season (with 1,036 yards rushing); he repeated the feat in the following season with 1,142 yards rushing.

College career

Before his professional career, Hill graduated from Yale University in 1969 with a degree in history. While at Yale he led, along with Brian Dowling, the 1968 Yale team that was undefeated, although the last game of the season resulted a dramatic 29-29 tie at Harvard. At Yale, Hill was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter), where one of his fraternity brothers was President George W. Bush. He also was a member of the secret society, St. Elmo, which Bush's Attorney General, John Ashcroft, had joined five years earlier.

Prior to attending Yale, he was awarded a scholarship by his family doctor, Dr. William C. Wade, to attend the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. At Riverdale he was an accomplished athlete in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field, often leading teams that defeated athletic arch-rival Horace Mann School.


His wife Janet Hill, is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she shared a suite with Hillary Rodham Clinton. They are the parents of current NBA player Grant Hill. Hill was the 1969 NFL Rookie of the Year. Twenty six years later, his son Grant would win the NBA Rookie of the Year award which he shared with Jason Kidd.

Hill currently sits on the boards of several organizations, works as a corporate motivational speaker, and works for the Dallas Cowboys organization as a consultant who specializes in working with troubled players. Additionally, Mr. Hill is a consultant to the Cleveland Browns Football Club and Alexander & Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. corporate consulting firm. As a consultant with the Cleveland Browns, he helped form a group of Cleveland Browns' players to control and eliminate drug and alcohol related problems. Mr. Hill has written several articles on sports and academia for national publications, makes appearances at university campuses and business firms, throughout the United States. He addresses several topics including the problem of drugs and alcohol and the work needed in this area, and the important relationship of sports and academia. [2]


Preceded by
Earl McCullouch
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Dennis Shaw
Preceded by
Dick Anderson
Bob Johnson
Donna A. Lopiano
Donald A. Schollander
Stan Smith
Wyomia Tyus
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1994
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Lee Evans
Calvin Hill
William C. Hurd
Leroy Keyes
Jim Ryun
Succeeded by
Lesley Bush
Larry Echohawk
Kwaku Ohene-Frempong
Bob Lanier
Mike Phipps
Mike Reid


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