Joe Hills (American football)

Last updated
Joe Hills
Joe Hills signing autograph.jpg
Hills in 2017
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 33)
Palmetto, Florida
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Palmetto (FL)
College: Tennessee State
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Receptions:726
Receiving yards:8,883
Touchdowns:230
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Joseph Hills (born October 2, 1987) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Carolina from 2007 to 2008 before transferring to Tennessee State.

Contents

Early life

Hills attended Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Florida. There, he was a standout member of the football team being ranked as the No. 27 recruit at the wide receiver position.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40Commit date
Joseph Hills
WR
Palmetto, Florida Palmetto High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)213 lb (97 kg)4.55Nov 17, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: 3 stars.svg     Rivals: 4 stars.svg     247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 90 (WR)   Rivals: 27 (WR), 37 (FL)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "South Carolina Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  • "2007 South Carolina Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 2, 2013.

    Hills committed to the University of South Carolina on November 17, 2006. [1] Hills chose South Carolina over football scholarships from Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, & Nebraska. [2]

    College career

    Hills played two seasons for the South Carolina Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina. He played in 13 games, starting 3 games, for the Gamecocks, recording 11 receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown. After the 2008 season, Hills transferred to Tennessee State University. He played in 11 games, starting 9, in 2009, catching 39 passes for 528 yards and three touchdowns. He appeared in 11 games, all starts, his senior year in 2010, catching 40 passes for 462 yards and 4 touchdowns. [3]

    Professional career

    Hills was rated the 64th best wide receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. [4]

    Pre-draft measurables
    HeightWeight 40-yard dash 10-yard split20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
    6 ft 4 in
    (1.93 m)
    211 lb
    (96 kg)
    4.60 s1.58 s2.58 s4.44 s7.10 s371210 ft 10 in
    (3.30 m)
    18 reps
    All values from Pro Day [4]

    Tennessee Titans

    After failing to be drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hills was invited to training camp by the Tennessee Titans. Hills suffered an ankle injury during camp, ruining his chances at making the final roster. He was cut on September 4, 2011. [5]

    Spokane Shock

    Hills signed with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League (AFL) before the 2012 season.

    Tampa Bay Storm

    Hills finished the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Storm.

    Hills had a big season for the Storm in 2013, earning 1st Team All-Arena honors, finishing in the top 7 of the league in receptions (133), receiving yards (1,861) and receiving touchdowns (42). [6] [7]

    Hills attended rookie minicamp with the Carolina Panthers in May 2013. [8]

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats

    Hills was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' practice roster on August 12, 2014. [9] He was released by the Tiger-Cats on August 29, 2014. [10]

    Pittsburgh Power

    On September 25, 2014, Hills was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power. The Power folded in November 2014, making Hills a free agent. [11]

    Hills in 2017 Joe Hills.jpg
    Hills in 2017

    Jacksonville Sharks

    On December 30, 2014, Hills was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks. Hills had a terrific season with the Sharks, breaking Jeron Harvey's team record for receptions. Hills was named a Second Team All-Arena selection in 2015. On October 21, 2015, Hills was assigned to the Sharks for the 2016 season. Hills went on to have another spectacular year for the Sharks in 2016 raking in 2,020 reception yards and 50+ touchdowns earning himself receiver of the year honors. [12] Hills won the 2016 Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award. [13] He was also named the Cutters Receiver of the Year. [14]

    Dalian Dragon Kings

    In 2016, Hills was the first American selected (second overall pick) in the 2016 draft of the China Arena Football League being selected by the Dalian Dragon Kings. [15] However, he did not play for the team. [16] [17]

    Tampa Bay Storm

    Hills was assigned to the Tampa Bay Storm on January 9, 2017. He was placed on league suspension on June 27, 2017. [18] He was named the AFL Wide Receiver of the Year in 2017. [19] He also earned First Team All-Arena honors. [20] The Storm folded in December 2017. [21]

    Jacksonville Sharks

    Hills signed with the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League on June 22, 2017. [22] He played in one game for the Sharks and then returned to the Storm.

    Florida Tarpons

    Hills signed with the Florida Tarpons of the American Arena League on January 12, 2018. [23]

    Albany Empire

    Hills was assigned to the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League (AFL) on April 20, 2018. [24]

    AFL statistics

    YearTeam
    RecYdsTD
    2012 Spokane 141341
    2012 Tampa Bay 3964813
    2013 Tampa Bay 1331,86942
    2014 Tampa Bay 1001,25238
    2015 Jacksonville 1501,60742
    2016 Jacksonville 1612,02058
    2017 Tampa Bay 1291,35336
    Career7268,883230

    Stats from ArenaFan: [25]

    Related Research Articles

    The Tampa Bay Storm were a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, U.S. that played in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team, along with the Chicago Bruisers, Denver Dynamite and Washington Commandos, joined the AFL in 1987 as one of the charter franchises, and by 1992 it was the last of the four still operating. The team ceased operations in December 2017.

    Lawrence Samuels American football coach and former player

    Lawrence 'Law Dogg' Samuels is an arena football coach and former wide receiver/linebacker. He played his college football at the Livingston University, and was an AFL wide receiver/linebacker from 1994 to 2010. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology and Master of Science degree in education from The University of West Alabama. He was head coach of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 2014 to 2016.

    Omar Jacobs American football quarterback

    Omar T. Jacobs is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Bowling Green and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Jacobs was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Florence Phantoms, San Jose Wolves, Jacksonville Sharks, Wichita Falls Nighthawks and Rio Grande Valley Sol.

    Clint Dolezel

    Clint Dolezel is an American football coach and former professional arena football player in the Arena Football League (AFL). He was named the inaugural head coach of the Frisco Fighters in the Indoor Football League before the 2020 season.

    Shane Boyd American football quarterback

    Shane Boyd is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats.

    T. T. Toliver American football wide receiver

    Antoine "T. T." Toliver is an arena football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played football and basketball at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 1995, he was named the Class 5A Player of the Year in football and was also runner-up for Florida's Mr. Football Award. In basketball, Toliver helped Mainland win the Class 6A state championship in 1995 and 1996. He played college football and basketball at Hinds Community College, where he was named the 1997–98 Junior College Player of the Year as a quarterback. He later transferred to Bethune-Cookman University, where he played basketball but not football.

    Reggie Gray is an American football wide receiver and kickoff returner who is currently a free agent.

    Larry Brackins American football wide receiver

    Larry Brackins is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pearl River Community College. Brackins has also been a member of the New York Jets, New York Sentinels, Philadelphia Soul, Dallas Vigilantes, Orlando Predators and Cleveland Gladiators.

    Prechae Rodriguez American football wide receiver

    Prechae Rodriguez is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He signed with Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League as an undrafted free agent in 2008. During his rookie 2008 season, Rodriguez accumulated 1099 yards in only 14 games, en route to being named the East Division Most Outstanding Rookie. He played college football for the Auburn Tigers.

    Caesar Rayford American football defensive end

    Caesar Rayford is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the BC Lions, Spokane Shock, Utah Blaze, Jacksonville Sharks, Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, Los Angeles Kiss and Tampa Bay Storm. He played college football at the University of Washington. He is currently the defensive line and linebackers coach for the Atlantic City Blackjacks.

    Alvin Ray Jackson

    Alvin Ray Jackson is an American football/arena football linebacker who is currently a free agent.

    Shaun Kauleinamoku

    Shaun Kauleinamoku is an arena football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played collegiately at Western Oregon University. Kauleinamoku has also been member of the Spokane Shock, San Antonio Talons, Utah Blaze, Pittsburgh Power and Shanghai Skywalkers.

    Darius Reynolds American football player

    Darius Reynolds is an American football wide receiver who is currently a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League (NAL). He first enrolled at Reedley College before transferring to Iowa State University. He attended C. D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Reynolds has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers, Iowa BarnstormersSan Jose SaberCats and Philadelphia Soul

    Thyron Lewis is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Havoc of the American Arena League (AAL). He played college football at Howard University and attended William H. Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. He has also been a member of the Stockton Lightning, Tri-Cities Fever, Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings and Los Angeles KISS. Lewis was also drafted by Team Tennessee in the supplemental 2008 AAFL Draft and by the Georgia Stallions in the 2009 UNGL Draft.

    Julius Gregory American football wide receiver (born 1988)

    Julius Gregory is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Shaw University.

    Luke Collis

    Luke Collis is an American football quarterback for the Georgia Doom of the American Arena League (AAL). He signed with the Spokane Shock as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at the Occidental College after transferring out of University of Nevada, Reno. He has also been a member of the Chicago Rush, Knoxville NightHawks, San Angelo Bandits, Tampa Bay Storm, Philadelphia Soul and Beijing Lions.

    Kendrick Ings American football wide receiver (born 1990)

    Kendrick Ings is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He has also been a member of the Dodge City Law (CPIFL), Detroit Lions (NFL) and BC Lions (CFL).

    Jonathan Bane American football quarterback

    Jonathan Bane is an American football quarterback for the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He played college football at Dakota Wesleyan.

    Thomas Gilson, Jr is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League (NAL). He played college football at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been a member of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, Cleveland Gladiators, Los Angeles Kiss, Portland Steel and Washington Valor.

    Tristan Purifoy is an American football wide receiver for the Columbus Lions of the National Arena League (NAL). He played college football at the University of North Alabama.

    References

    1. "Joseph Hills". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
    2. "Joseph Hills". www.scout.com. Microsoft. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
    3. "Joseph Hills". titansonline.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
    4. 1 2 "Joe Hills". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
    5. "Cut by Titans, Joe Hills vows he will be back". www.brsoundingoff.blogspot.com. September 4, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
    6. Jim Meehan (August 8, 2013). "Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
    7. "Joe Hills Earns All-Arena Honors". www.620wdae.com. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. August 8, 2013. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
    8. Alan Dell (May 5, 2013). "Joe Hills' Arena League heroics earn him an invitation to Carolina Panthers camp". www.brandton.com. Bradenton Herald. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
    9. "Ticats Add Receiver Joe Hills To Practice Roster". ticats.ca. August 12, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
    10. "August 2014". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
    11. DiPaola, Jerry (November 17, 2014). "Power fold for now; AFL remains hopeful of keeping franchise viable". triblive.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
    12. "Joe Hills to Suit up for Sharks in 2016". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
    13. "Joe Hills Named Under Armour Offensive Player of the Year". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
    14. "Jacksonville's Hills Named Cutters Receiver of the Year". arenafootball.cstv.com. August 19, 2016. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
    15. Delladell, Adam (June 14, 2016). "Palmetto's Joe Hills first American drafted in new China Football League". bradenton.com. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
    16. "Dalian Dragon Kings". caflfootball.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
    17. Watkins, Rrik (December 26, 2016). "Superman Steps Out of Phone Booth, Sits Down with ITA". insidethearena.org. Archived from the original on July 22, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
    18. "Transactions". afldigital.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
    19. "Tampa Bay's Hills Named Wide Receiver of the Year". arenafootball.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
    20. "AFL Announces All-Arena First and Second Teams". AFL. Archived from the original on 2017-09-16. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
    21. "Tampa Bay Storm suspending operations". Tampa Bay Times . December 21, 2017.
    22. "ALL-ARENA WIDE RECEIVER JOE HILLS RETURNS TO SHARKS". jaxsharks.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
    23. "Florida Tarpons Football". facebook.com. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
    24. "Press Releases: Albany Empire Add Elite, All-Arena Wide Receiver (Albany Empire press release) | ArenaFan.com". www.arenafan.com. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
    25. "Joe Hills". arenafan.com. Retrieved July 21, 2017.