John Hilton (American football)

John Hilton (March 12, 1942 – February 2, 2017) was a tight end in the National Football League who played from 1965 to 1973 for four teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Steelers (1965-1969).

John Hilton
Born:(1942-03-12)March 12, 1942
Albany, New York
Died:February 2, 2017(2017-02-02) (aged 74)
Career information
Position(s)Tight end
NFL draft1964 / Round: 6 / Pick: 76
Career history
As player
1965–1969Pittsburgh Steelers
1970Green Bay Packers
1971Minnesota Vikings
1972–1973Detroit Lions

Prep school and collegeEdit

He played college football for the University of Richmond. He prepared for college by attending Fork Union Military Academy as a postgraduate in the 1959-1960 academic year where he played football and basketball.

NFL careerEdit

He was selected in the 6th Round (76th overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, but did not play for them before making his NFL debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1965. He next played with the Green Bay Packers (1970) and Minnesota Vikings (1971), before returning to the Lions to play his last two years in the NFL (1972-1973). He went on to finish his career with the Florida Blazers of the WFL in 1974 after which Hilton moved into coaching.[1]

Later life and deathEdit

In 2008, John Hilton was announced as an inductee to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, joining fellow alumni from Fork Union, Sonny Randle and Rosie Thomas. He developed Alzheimer's disease and was in a period of declining health when he died after a fall on February 2, 2017.[2]


  1. ^ White, Tom (July 27, 1982). "After untimely career moves, Hilton gets timely break". The Gettysburg Times. p. 9. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "John Hilton, former Hermitage High, UR, NFL end, dies".

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