Hill Wraps Up Eventful Rookie Season

By Matt Tritten | mtritten@kq2.com

Published 01/07 2014 12:08AM

Updated 01/07 2014 12:58AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Eight days after completing his first year in the National Football League, St. Joseph native Michael Hill's had time to digest his rookie season.

"Now on my third team, I know what it takes to be out there. I know what to expect."

Hill's first trip through the NFL's 17 week season took him from sunny California, to frigid Green Bay and finally to Tampa, Fla.

"I don't ever want to get too comfortable, especially in my position, but whatever comes I think I'll be ready for it," Hill said. "I've dealt with it already."

The Central High School product was signed as an undrafted free agent in late April by the Chargers. After the preseason concluded, San Diego parted ways with Hill, but he wasn't available for long. The Packers signed him to their practice squad, and he was promoted to the active roster for back-to-back wins over the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens. Following the win over Baltimore, Green Bay released Hill, and brought him back to their practice squad. But he was able to settle in from week 11 on -- Tampa Bay signed Hill to their active roster for the final month and a half of the season.

"I think it's actually good to go to different teams. You get a look at what everybody's doing, and what's going on in their organization. I've learned a lot from the three teams I've been on."

During his time with the Bucs, Hill carried the football nine times for 23 yards, and he caught two passes for 23 yards.

Hill graduated from Central High School in 2007, and became an All-American running back at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. Throughout his playing career in his hometown, the former Griffon running back developed a support system that he says fueled him to make it at the next level.

"In training camp there were some times when I was like 'why am I doing this?' and then I'll get a text from somebody or I'll get a call from somebody telling me that they appreciate what I'm doing and what I've done. That's what kept me going. It's still the same. They're a big support system. I'm feeding off of them."

Hill's currently under a three-year contract with the Buccaneers. He's splitting time this off-season between Tampa and St. Joseph.


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