*Andrew “Drew” Hill, who arrived in the National Football League as a 12th-round draft pick but became a Pro Bowl receiver in the Houston Oilers’ high-powered run-and-shoot offense of the late 1980s and early ’90s, died Friday in Atlanta. He was 54.
Hill, who lived in the Atlanta area, died late Friday night after having two strokes on Thursday, said his publicist, Jay Mathis of Next Level Management. Hill was admitted to Piedmont Hospital on Thursday after becoming ill on the golf course.
Hill was only 5 feet 9 inches and 170 pounds, but his quickness and skill at reading defensive schemes made him one of pro football’s leading receivers in a 14-season career with the Los Angeles Rams, the Oilers and the Atlanta Falcons.
He emerged as a star when he teamed with the future Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon while playing for the Oilers from 1985 to 1991.
In their run-and-shoot offense, featuring four receivers instead of the usual two wideouts and a tight end, Hill generally played alongside Ernest Givins, Haywood Jeffries and Curtis Duncan to spread the defense. With Moon having a wide variety of options for his brilliant passing, the Oilers were usually a playoff team.
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