Drew Hill has passed away

Former Georgia Tech and NFL standout Drew Hill died late Friday night at Piedmont Hospital after suffering two strokes earlier this week. He was admitted to the hospital on Thursday after becoming ill while playing golf. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Hill is in Tech’s record books in several categories: receiving yards per season (t-15th, 708, 1978), receiving yards/career (19th, 1,080, 1975-78), and yards per reception/career (t-4th, 19.3, 1975-78).

Hill, a native of Newnan, caught 634 passes for 9,831 yards and 60 touchdowns in the NFL. He was selected by the Rams in the 12th round of the NFL draft in 1979. He played for the Falcons in 1992-93.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Wesley Chandler

March 19th, 2011
2:25 pm

A great player and guy very sad that this happened

SugarHillDawg

March 19th, 2011
2:28 pm

I am sad to learn of his passing. He was a stud.

True Tech

March 19th, 2011
2:31 pm

So sorry to hear this. God be with his family and comfort them. Godspeed Mr. Hill.

David

March 19th, 2011
2:37 pm

BobbyDodd21/20

March 19th, 2011
2:39 pm

RIP..way too young…

wxwax

March 19th, 2011
2:46 pm

Just 54 years old. What a shame. An outstanding player.

Mr.SouthMetroAtl

March 19th, 2011
2:46 pm

MAN – Drew is GONE! Can’t remember his face but clearly remember his name. I only remember the names of the BEST and he was one of them back in the 70’s/80’s. May God rest his soul.

JackDennis

March 19th, 2011
2:52 pm

Robert

March 19th, 2011
2:54 pm

A great player. My prayers to his family.

John Loconto

March 19th, 2011
2:56 pm

How sad, I clearly remember a day playing football in my Sandy Springs home. I could not have been more that 12 or 13 yrs old. Drew was jogging and saw me throwing a football with my best friend. He interrupted his jog to stop by and talk with us , he later gave us both sweat bands off his wrist. We must have worn those things for months! From everything I knew of him he was a true professional, my thought and prayer are with his family… the Boyz of Woodland Forest remember your Drew ! God rest your soul….

Newnan High Cougars

March 19th, 2011
2:57 pm

I’ll never forget Drew. He set a new standard for high school footdall. Drew was a hella of a wreck form Georgia Tech! God bless his family and comfort them.

Ric Flair

March 19th, 2011
3:03 pm

A great player and a good guy. Will be missed.

Jim Baker

March 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

Drew was a guy with tremendous natural athletic talent. He played ball to win and lived life wide open—–and enjoyed it all. He will be missed —– Jim Baker

JM

March 19th, 2011
3:08 pm

Drew was a special guy, so sweet, polite, and fun to be around! We will all miss his beautiful smile and easy laugh so much. Prayers and healing to his family throughout this difficult time. God Bless.

Atlantan

March 19th, 2011
3:09 pm

RIP Drew Hill and thoughts and prayers to his family. I’ll fondly remember his days on the flats.

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State

March 19th, 2011
3:10 pm

I HATE tech more than anybody but this is still sad news, prayers sent to the Hill family.

GoDawgs

March 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

WOW – what an inappropriate comment to make. This is not about YOU…it is about the loss of Drew Hill. I’m a Dawg fan, but am saddened at the loss of such a young man. RIP Andrew…

Corey Bridges

March 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

R.I.P Drew. Thank you for being a inspiration to me through me career. A Cougar legend indeed!

Yellow Britches

March 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

Drew was a great player and person. This is so sad and unexpected. He will be missed very much.

White&Gold

March 19th, 2011
3:18 pm

This is such sad news. Drew was one of the truly great ones, and I’m not limiting that to football players! Drew was a great person and it was my privilege to watch him play. My deepest sympathy to Drew’s family. May God ease your pain and comfort you in this time of grief.

Goodbye, Drew, and rest in peace . . .

JSS

March 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

A fine man, a better person, and a person who left an imprint in the Southern California community and back home Georgia well after his playing days were a faint memory to most. Thank you, my fate be kind in heeling the wound being left by your loss…

Ron Herbert

March 19th, 2011
3:21 pm

God Bless Drew & his Family….One of the Good guys….Will miss seeing him…So Sad..

Jacket72002

March 19th, 2011
3:24 pm

WOW, that is absolutely a classless comment on day like this. D. Hill really knew how to take it to the house on kickoffs and he did it in the biggests of games.

jayone

March 19th, 2011
3:24 pm

saw him play his first game at nhs and was hooked. what a gifted athlete and a fine person.you left us too soon drew. corey, you reminded cougar fans a lot of drew when you played at nhs.

Don

March 19th, 2011
3:26 pm

I played against Hill when he went to Newnan High School in the 1972-75 time frame. He was a RB in football and a PG in basketball at the time. I went to North Clayton, which was in the same region during that time frame.

He was a hell of a good PG. Always had that Walt Frazier demeanor of being cool under pressure and you couldn’t tell if he had just made the greatest play ever or the worst play ever.

He went by Andrew Hill in high school. Never knew him personally but may he rest in peace.

GT

March 19th, 2011
3:27 pm

I am thinking Drew ran a kickoff return back against Georgia in Athens one year, maybe 1978. He and Eddie Lee Ivory played on the same team. Tech led that game till Ivory went out in the third quarter injured. One of the best offenses Tech every had. Class guy, more than just a jock. R.I.P.

GT #1

March 19th, 2011
3:30 pm

Prayer for Family and friends. RIP you will be missed but not forgotten!

reebok

March 19th, 2011
3:32 pm

R,I.P. to this former Jacket and Falcon. Prayers & best wishes to his family.

JDawg1785

March 19th, 2011
3:36 pm

This is terrible news. May God bless Drew and his family.

Simon Bar Sinister

March 19th, 2011
3:37 pm

I know he ran a kickoff back against Auburn to start the second half on the Plains. It was the last time we beat them in the 20th century.

I didn’t remember he played for Newnan. I missed seeing him by a year there (’75 was my first year at La Grange), but I caught that last year at Tech.

pb

March 19th, 2011
3:38 pm

Very sad. Was a class guy and a helluva of player. I remember him also, way back when playing against UGA. Great receiver.

Ol' Jacket Fan

March 19th, 2011
3:39 pm

As a contemporary of Drew’s, he’s gone way too soon. RIP Drew. My thoughts and prayers to his family and teammates.

DuluthJacket

March 19th, 2011
3:45 pm

Drew was a senior when I was a freshman at Tech. What I remember is that after he signed with the Rams (as did his teammate – but no relation – Kent Hill) he came back to Tech to finish his degree in the off season. I did not know him, but I knew who he was and saw him in the library and around campus on numerous occassions.

My prayers go out to his family – way too young.

bob

March 19th, 2011
3:46 pm

barbie

March 19th, 2011
3:46 pm

HEARTBREAKING

Larry Miller

March 19th, 2011
3:53 pm

Jay Mathis a Publicist for Former NFL wide receiver Drew Hill, said that Hill died at Piedmont Hospital late Friday night after suffering from two massive strokes. See http://www.prlog.org/11385316-former-pro-bowl-wr-drew-hill-has-died-at-the-age-of-54.html

Bruce

March 19th, 2011
3:53 pm

Prayers being sent from a Bulldog.

DIT

March 19th, 2011
3:55 pm

This Dawg would like to offer his condolences to the Drew family and the GT nation.

Kevrock

March 19th, 2011
4:07 pm

My memory of Drew Hill is when I was playing pick up Football at Cross Keys High School as an 8th grader in 1980. He asked me to throw him some passes while he runs routes. Me, out of the pack of guys. He was so nice, approachable and was always a fan of his since then. You will be missed Drew. God Bless You. See you on the other side.

suwaneedawg

March 19th, 2011
4:09 pm

My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Ugly Old Dawg

March 19th, 2011
4:13 pm

Take off your hat & bow your head…a great one from Tech is passing.

biscuit

March 19th, 2011
4:14 pm

Very sad news. All the best to Drew’s family and friends. One of the all time best.

59bulldawg

March 19th, 2011
4:17 pm

Very sad to hear this. He was a wonderful athlete.

Scot

March 19th, 2011
4:20 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I played against him in basketball when he played at Newnan. What an incredible athlete and person. A great role model. I just can’t believe it….

White&Gold

March 19th, 2011
4:35 pm

bob:

This isn’t the time nor the place to try to be cute.

bulldog bubba

March 19th, 2011
4:38 pm

Sorry to hear this.Gone at a young age.He was a great player and “a heck of an engineer”!Prayers to the Hill family.

Quicherbichin

March 19th, 2011
4:39 pm

Bob… Your ”who?” was uncalled for. if you don’t remember Drew Hill, then say nothing at all… Don’t be an azz. Of course, your comment also falls into the category of ” it is FAR better to stay silent and appear stupid than to open your mouth ( or in YOUR case use your keyboard) and remove all doubt. you definitely removed any doubt in people’s mind with your asinine comment.

rIP Drew Hill. a class act that will be remembered and missed. the total opposite of Bob who will not be missed, and totally forgotten… oh wait a seond.. Who’s Bob?? See? I’ve already forgotten.

Don

March 19th, 2011
4:42 pm

People like Bob and Wow have no class. Kinda sad that people have to make rude comments on the day when someone passes away.

OldSchoolTechFanatic

March 19th, 2011
4:45 pm

Rest in Peace Drew. May God watch over your family. We lost a fine, fine, fine Techie

RaleighDawg

March 19th, 2011
4:46 pm

A shame, just a damn shame. RIP Drew…