|Born:||March 21, 1959|
Iowa City, Iowa
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
Jay Walter Hilgenberg (born March 21, 1959) is a former American football player in the NFL. He played center for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1993.
He is the son of All-American University of Iowa center Jerry Hilgenberg and nephew of Minnesota Vikings linebacker Wally Hilgenberg.His brother Joel Hilgenberg played center for the New Orleans Saints, and the brothers were teammates in 1993 for the Saints.
Hilgenberg attended the University of Iowa in the late 1970s.He started in the NFL's Pro Bowl seven times. He was a member of the winning team in Super Bowl XX as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears as well as their Division Champion teams from 1984–88 and 1990.
He has been a nominee for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Hilgenberg is currently a game analyst for WBBM-AM Radio in Chicago and the Bears Radio Network.
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