Former Houston Oilers WR Drew Hill Passes Away at Age 54

NFLGridironGab sends its prayers and sympathies to the family and friends of Drew Hill, former Rams, Oilers and Falcons wide out who passed away Friday night in Atlanta after having a pair of strokes.

Here’s the news of his passing from the Houston Chronicle.

Receiver Drew Hill, who was quarterback Warren Moon’s favorite target during the Oilers’ run-and-shoot era, died Friday night in an Atlanta hospital. Hill, 54, suffered two massive strokes. Hill, 5-9, 175, was one of the Oilers’ most popular players during one of the most successful eras in franchise history.

“I’m shocked,” Moon said. “I can’t believe it. Drew meant so much to us as a player and as a person. I counted on him so much. He was the consummate professional. It’s just so sad. ..Drew was a great receiver, one who knew the offense and was always in the right spot,” Moon said. “I always knew exactly where Drew would be. He had a low-key demeanor. He didn’t get upset. He was always cool under pressure.”

Hill, who played inside receiver, thrived in the run-and-shoot. In his seven seasons with the Oilers (1985-1991), Hill had at least 1,000 yards five times and in his other two seasons, he had 989 in the strike-shortened 1982 season and 939 in 1989 when he missed two games because of injuries.

Click HERE to see Hill’s lifetime stats, which included some great seasons with the Oilers in the Jerry Glanville run and shoot.

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