NFL Player J.D. Hill Visits Maryvale

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/8/2013

Former ASU All-American and NFL star receiver J.D. Hill visited the school, April 25 and delivered a rousing presentation on making good choices and achieving your goals during two assemblies.  Hill, now 64, was the fourth pick in the 1971 draft by the Buffalo Bills, just behind quarterbacks Jim Plunkett, Dan Pastorini and Archie Manning.  He played five years for the Bills, and three for Detroit before injuries ended his career.  He also plunged into addiction and “lost everything,” before rebuilding his life and self-esteem.  His message about achieving goals concentrated on “catching your vision, set your goal, count the cost, plan, exercise your faith and belief in yourself, and have the courage to do the things necessary to reach those goals.”  Hill spoke to over 500 students, and completed his presentation with a drug-free message, using his own life examples, describing the stages, from non-user to experimenter to social user to addiction.  He also met with the football team separately.   Maryvale principal Phil Verdugo welcomed Hill, and reminisced that Hill and Danny White, as Sun Devils, visited Verdugo’s high school football banquet when he was a student in Hayden, AZ.  Hill remembered the event.