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Kamu Grugier-Hill (born May 16, 1994) is an American Football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Eastern Illinois, and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kamu Grugier-Hill
No. 54 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 25)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Kamehameha Schools
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
College:Eastern Illinois
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 208
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2019
Total tackles:75
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:0
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

High schoolEdit

Kamu Grugier-Hill attended Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu where he played soccer and football. Grugier-Hill began playing football in his junior year of high school as a safety and punter.[1]

College careerEdit

Grugier-Hill played for the Eastern Illinois Panthers football team from 2012 to 2015. In his freshman year, he made his first start against UT Martin.[2] In both 2014 and 2015, he earned First-team All OVC honors.[2] Grugier-Hill reportedly became the first player ejected in the 2014 college football season when he punched a Minnesota lineman between the legs.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
4.45 s 1.52 s 2.53 s 4.20 s 6.89 s 38 12 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
15 reps
All values from Northwestern’s Pro Day[4]

New England PatriotsEdit

The New England Patriots selected Grugier-Hill in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[5]

On May 5, 2016, the New England Patriots signed Grugier-Hill to a four-year, $2.44 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $100,356.[6] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts.[7]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On September 4, 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles claimed Grugier-Hill off waivers.[8] He recorded his first career tackle and his only tackle of the 2016 season when he brought down Duke Johnson of the Cleveland Browns for a loss of six yards in Week 1 at Lincoln Financial Field.[9] Because the tackle came on a fake punt, it was technically the only defensive snap which Grugier-Hill played in his rookie year.[1]

On November 19, 2017, Grugier-Hill filled in on kickoffs for kicker Jake Elliott after Elliott suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys. Grugier-Hill did not attempt a field goal or an extra point as the Eagles went for a two-point conversion after every touchdown. The Eagles went on to win the game 37-9.[10] Grugier-Hill won his first Super Bowl ring when the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII 41-33.[11]

Grugier-Hill recorded his first career interception by picking off a pass from New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on October 11, 2018.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ford, Bob (September 6, 2017). "What makes Kamu Grugier-Hill of the Eagles so special?". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b http://www.eiupanthers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4565
  3. ^ DelVecchio, Steve (August 29, 2014). "Kamu Grugier-Hill ejected for nut shot on Zac Epping (Video)". Larry Brown Sports. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kamu Grugier-Hill, DS #23 SS, Eastern Illinois". DraftScout.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Reiss, Mike (April 30, 2016). "Patriots pick Kamu Grugier-Hill in sixth round, highlight growing hybrid trend". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Spotrac.com: Kamu Grugier-Hill contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Patriots reach the 53-man roster limit". Patriots.com. September 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Eagles Claim Three Players Off Waivers". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  9. ^ "Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles - September 11th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  10. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/11/20/eagles-linebacker-kamu-grugier-hill-overcame-rough-kicking-start/
  11. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Frank, Martin (October 11, 2018). "Eagles start strong against Giants, but lose another key defender in Sidney Jones". Delaware News Journal. DelawareOnline.com.