Shaun Hill’s Legacy
As A Quarterback Cemented
In A Blue Dragon Uniform
Shaun Hill always knew he wanted to be a quarterback.
But coming out of high school in Parsons, Kansas, Hill was mainly recruited as something other than a QB, but as a punter.
Hutchinson Community College saw something more in Hill than his ability to kick the ball away on fourth down. The Blue Dragon coaching staff saw plenty of potential for Hill on first, second and third down.
Hill chose Hutchinson Community College knowing he would have an opportunity to play quarterback. After two seasons with the Blue Dragons, Hill’s football journey took him to the College Park, Maryland; Minneapolis; The Netherlands; San Francisco; Detroit; St. Louis; and now into the Hutchinson Quarterback Club Hall of Fame.
Hill is the 11th member of the Quarterback Club Hall of Fame.
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Hill was a run-pass threat as a quarterback at Hutchinson. During his freshman season, Hill was able to hone his craft while record-setting running back Jamison Palmer and one of the best offensive lines in Blue Dragon history carried the load in a 6-4 season.
But in 1999, Hill was the unquestioned leader of the Blue Dragons. He cemented that legacy with a dramatic late 66-yard game-winning drive that was capped off by a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Mayer with 1:37 to play to lift the Blue Dragons to a 21-17 victory over No. 6 Coffeyville at Gowans Stadium.
Hill and the Blue Dragons rode that momentum all the way to the Valley of the Sun Bowl where Hill may have played his best game in a Hutchinson uniform. Hill amassed 313 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns – three running and one passing – in a 33-8 victory over Glendale.
At the completion of Hill’s Blue Dragon career, he was No. 2 on the career yardage list with 2,992 yards and 27 touchdowns. In his sophomore season of 1999, Hill completed 48 percent of his passes for 1,688 yards – third best in Blue Dragon history at that time – and 14 touchdowns. Hill left as the program’s career leader in total offense (3,670 yards) after rushing for 678 yards in his two seasons with the Blue Dragons.
“What a great success story for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons,” Hill’s head coach, David Wheeler said. “What a great player. That kid has worked on and off the field and in the off-season. He’s done everything he’s had to do to become a better player.”
Hill chose the University of Maryland as his choice of four-year program. In his two seasons with the Terrapins, Hill was a two-year letterman. He was Maryland’s starting quarterback in 2001 and led the Terrapins to an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, a berth in the Orange Bowl and a No. 10 national ranking. Hill threw for 3,158 yards and 19 touchdowns at Maryland, earning all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a senior.
The Minnesota Vikings signed an undrafted Hill to a free-agent contract after the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Vikings and played in one game.
While with the Vikings, he was allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 2003. Hill threw for 2,256 yards and was named the league’s Player of the Week twice.
Before the 2006 season, Hill signed a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Not playing in 2006, Hill saw his first real NFL action during the final three games of the 2007 season. The first game just happened to be against the Vikings. Hill completed 22 of 27 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown and then led the Niners to wins over the Bengals and Buccaneers to close the season.
Hill started eight games in 2008, going 5-3 as a starter and started the first six games of 2010. Hill threw for 3,490 yards and 23 touchdowns in San Francisco.
Before the 2010 season, Hill was traded to the Detroit Lions and put together a tremendous season in helping the Lions start a rebuilding process from years of NFL irrelevancy. Hill played in 11 games for Detroit in 2010 and threw for 2,686 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also played for the St. Louis Rams.
Not too bad for a player who many never thought could be a quarterback.