New York Giants safety Will Hill exploded onto the NFL scene this year when he returned from a four-game suspension to start the season. But, in what looks to be a pattern forming in Hill’s life, a cloud eventually surfaced over his once very bright future.
Hill, who is just 23 years old, made an immediate impact when he returned to the gridiron in Week Five. He quickly won a starting spot over Ryan Mundy by showcasing his skills and athletic prowess against both the run and the pass. Hill’s performance also reinvigorated New York’s secondary and seemed to blow breath into the lungs of a struggling Antrel Rolle.
However, Hill was arrested prior to the Giants’ Week 16 win over the Detroit Lions. The arrest was reported as being related to child support payments and Hill was allowed to play in the game, where he ended up being the difference. Hill returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to tie the game and the Giants were eventually able to win the game in overtime, effectively spoiling Detroit’s playoff chances.
Since then, new information has been released in the past couple of weeks that may spell trouble for Hill. Apparently, the arresting officer smelled marijuana in Hill’s car, although nothing was discovered after a search. Drugs seem to be Hill’s kryptonite and have repeatedly plagued him in recent years.
Hill’s first suspension came after his junior season at the University of Florida, when he was caught with marijuana. After being signed by the Giants, he was suspended by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy in 2012. The suspension was reportedly due to Adderall use and included a four-game ban.
Hill’s four-game suspension to start the 2013 season, which was for substance abuse, was due to marijuana. Another suspension that relates to drug use could mean a full one-year ban for the safety.
On the field, the sky is the limit for Hill. He is a young player with an immense amount of talent. He plays the game with passion and intensity that every coach dreams about. The problem with him lies in his life off the field. If Hill can get himself together off the field, he could become a staple on the Giants’ defense for many years to come. However, that is beginning to look like a bigger and bigger “if” with each passing year.