Will Hill’s Off-Field Problems Continue to Overshadow His Talent
It’s one of those situations where you just have to shake your head.
New York Giants safety Will Hill may be facing his third drug-related suspension in three years.
Hill has reportedly failed a drug test and is appealing the suspension, the length of which is not known. However, seeing as it is his third offense, the suspension could very well be a year-long ban.
Hill was suspended for four games during his rookie season in 2012 reportedly due to Adderall use, which is a violation of the NFL‘s drug policy.
In 2013, Hill was suspended for New York’s first four games for, once again, violating the league’s drug policy. This time, the ban was revealed to be for marijuana use.
When Hill finally returned to the Giants last season, he sent an electric current through the defense. He almost immediately earned a starting role in the secondary and seemed to revive New York with his energy. Antrel Rolle seemed to feed off of Hill and came alive after a rough start to go on to one of the best seasons of his career.
Hill is an extremely talented player. He is a safety that can play around the line of scrimmage and be disruptive in an opponent’s backfield, as well as drop back into coverage, making plays on the ball and delivering goosebumps-inducing hits. Unfortunately, where Hill goes, trouble seems to always follow.
Going back to his college days at the University of Florida, Hill was suspended for getting caught with marijuana. Hill ended up undrafted after more off-the-field problems followed, as well as a disappointing showing at the combine. Hill even played in the arena football league for a year prior to signing with the Giants.
Even after Hill returned to the Giants this past season, he was arrested in December for not making timely child-support payments. Arresting officers also said that they smelled marijuana in Hill’s car. The pattern is obvious and there doesn’t seem to be a sign of it stopping.
Tom Coughlin is a no-nonsense type of coach and New York will not put up with this kind of behavior much longer. Hill could still win his appeal but, at this point, it would just seem like a temporary fix. The Giants re-signed Stevie Brown and also picked up Quintin Demps this offseason, so the team has options if it plans to move on without Hill.
It’s simply a shame that so much talent is being flushed away.