Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Rams defensive back Troy Hill served a two-game suspension imposed by the NFL for his arrest last season. Hill arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, after his Mercedes Benz, he was driving crashed into a big rig on the 101 freeway early morning.
An officer on the scene observed Hill be a bit disoriented and administered a field sobriety test in which subsequently led to his arrest. The arrest came hours just before Hill was to report to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Rams were hosting the Miami Dolphins. Hill booked and released on $15,000 bail that he posted.
The Rams deactivated Hill for the game and later released him for the suspicion of his DUI arrest. However, days later, Hill will receive something that is flattering from the Rams, reinstatement to the team.
Troy Hill Thankful For Second Chance
Despite Hill's uncanny arrest last season, many aimed at the kid for his poor decision making off the field. I can admit, it disturbed me as well; however, we all entitled to second chances in life. Some can be critical of on the field challenges that Hill seems to lose, but you have to remember, the star defensive players have their opportunities of disappointment or poor play too.
Revamping last season in the home opener victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Hill was inserted in the game early in the second quarter after poor play from starting cornerback Coty Sensabaugh. The Seahawks picked on Hill first, where it seemed Hill made a clean pass deflection on a deep pass to Paul Richardson, but flagged for pass interference. Later, he would defend well to another deep pass attempt to receiver Doug Baldwin.
Later in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson dropped back and launched a long pass down the sideline to one of the fastest men in the NFL, Tyler Lockett, beat Hill for a 53-yard reception. Hill managed to stay almost step for step with Lockett, nearly batted the ball away, but remained in position to make the tackle grabbing hold to Lockett's ankle.
Then came the Rams against the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium in London, England, where Hill read the quick screen to one of the most exciting receivers Odel Beckham, and came up fast and leveled Beckham for a loss on the play.
Hill was an undrafted defensive back from the University of Oregon who was a star with the Ducks. Hill was a complete lockdown corner, return kicks, and great on special teams.
Many put doubts in a player because of early poor play but remember Ashanti Samuels for the New England Patriots when he first came to the league. He was picked on by everyone but turned out to be not only a pro-bowl corner but a Super Bowl Champion as well.
Good to see Hill back with the team, time to put silence to his critics and naysayers.