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Michael Hill's Path To The Redskins


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Like many players working to get a paycheck in the NFL, Michael Hill has rarely felt comfortable in one location.

The Redskins' newly re-signed running back will try for the second time to make the active roster (he was signed to the practice squad in December), and is well aware of the difficulties trying to make the roster.

"That's your dream in the NFL is staying on one team, work your way up the ranks," Hill said in an interview two weeks ago with his hometown FOX affiliate. "It definitely didn't work that way. I kept bumping around. I've been on five teams, six different moves now. It was stressful but I've learned a ton."

Hill, a native of St. Joseph, Mo., attended Central High School and later went on to play Division II football at Missouri-Western State University.

"It's just a business," he said. "There's been times when I've been lacking in ability but sometimes it's just a numbers game, especially with me being a Division II guy, smaller school, not being drafted. I just have to come up another way and show them that I can contribute and hopefully I get another call in the next couple of days."

Hill, who worked at a movie theater for a few years during high school, thought about quitting football as a freshman, saying he was slow and fumbled too often.

But his head coach motivated him to stay with the team and he began working out with some older teammates.

"The players I was around just motivated me and I got better and better every year," he said, "from my freshman year all the way up to my senior year."

In his senior year at Missouri Western State University, Hill was named Offensive Player Of The Year by and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association before he began bouncing from team to team.

He is set to get married to his fiancée in late June.

"Hopefully I'm in an OTA or mini-camp, coming back from them," Hill said. 




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