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Drew Hill Dies After Suffering Strokes; Georgia Tech, Falcons Player Was 54

Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets great and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drew Hill has passed away at the age of 54 following a series of strokes earlier this week. Hill was sent to Piedmont Hospital, where he died, after feeling unwell while playing golf.

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He played for the Falcons at the end of his 14-year NFL career, totaling over 1,000 yards in his two Atlanta seasons. He's most known for his time with the Oilers, where he made two Pro Bowls while working as a deep threat in their wide-open, run-and-shoot system. Upon his retirement, he settled down in Newnan, getting into business and playing golf.

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Hill played for the Yellow Jackets in the late-1970s, ranking among the best receivers to have ever played for Georgia Tech. It should have been no surprise that he blossomed in Houston's offense, as he set a Georgia Tech mark for career yards per catch that still stands as the program's fourth-best.

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He was known as quiet and hard-working by many former teammates, including Warren Moon.

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For more on Hill, visit From The Rumble Seat and SB Nation Houston.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.