Lex Douglas Hilliard (born July 30, 1984) is a former American football running back and fullback. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Montana.

Lex Hilliard
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Hilliard with the Dolphins in 2011
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Position:Running back/Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1984-07-30) July 30, 1984 (age 35)
Kalispell, Montana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Kalispell (MT) Flathead
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:48
Rushing yards:163
Receiving yards:233
Total touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Hilliard attended and played high school football at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana.[1] During his sophomore year, he set a school record with 1,384 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.[1] During his time at Flathead, he was a three-time all-state and all-conference selection, as well as team captain his final two seasons.[1] He finished his career with 3,419 rushing yards, 4,410 all-purpose yards and 44 touchdowns—all school records.[1]

Hilliard also earned three letters in track and one in wrestling.[1] He competed in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relay as well as the shot put, earning two all-league selections.

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at the University of Montana in 2003, Hilliard was originally going to redshirt but was activated for the second game of the season.[1] His 590 rushing yards ranked ninth in the Big Sky Conference that season.[1]

Despite starting just four games as a sophomore in 2004, Hilliard rushed for a team-leading 972 yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-Big Sky honors.[1] He posted five 100-yard rushing games during the season, and his 17 touchdowns were best in the conference.[1]

Hilliard earned first-team All-Big Sky honors for the second straight season, as well as being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, as a junior in 2005 after rushing for 1,322 yards.[1] His rushing total ranked 19th in the nation and second in school history behind only Yohance Humphery in 2001.[1] He had six 100-yard games during the season, including a 237-yard performance against Cal Poly which was the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history.[1]

In 2006, Hilliard was redshirted after suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.[1][2]

"Now that we're in the '07 season and he's back with us, it's just a godsend to have him back. I see Lex having a monster season."

Bobby Hauck, Grizzlies head coach[1]

Hilliard returned to the field as a fifth-year senior in 2007, appearing in 11 games for the Grizzlies.[2] He rushed for 1,132 yards and 16 touchdowns on his way to second-team All-Big Sky honors.[2] He topped the 100-yard rushing plateau seven times during the season.[2]

During his five-year career at Montana, Hilliard racked up 4,106 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on 5.0 average.[2] He also added 57 receptions for 591 yards and two touchdowns.[2]


Career Statistics[3]
Rushing Receiving
Year G Att Yds TD Lng Avg. Rec. Yds TD Lng Avg.
2003 12 125 590 5 38 4.7 9 117 0 21 13.0
2004 14 190 972 17 61 5.1 22 211 0 39 9.6
2005 12 249 1,322 12 69 5.3 11 144 2 66 13.1
2006 Did Not Play
2007 11 242 1,132 16 54 4.7 15 119 0 24 7.9
Total 49 806 4,016 50 69 5.0 57 591 2 66 10.4

Professional careerEdit


Following his collegiate career, Hilliard was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.[4] At his Pro Day on March 19, he measured in at 5-foot-11¼ and 234 pounds.[4] He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds, short shuttle in 4.03 seconds and cone drill in 6.93 seconds.[4] He also had a 36½-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot, three-inch long jump.[4]

In early April, it was reported that Hilliard was scheduled to visit with the New York Giants.[4]

Miami DolphinsEdit

"I'll play whatever. It may have to be on special teams. I'm ready to go. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to help the Miami Dolphins win."

Lex Hilliard, April 2008[5]

Hilliard was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.[6] On May 19, he signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins.[7] Viewed as a fullback/tailback hybrid,[8] Hilliard stated he had no preference on where he played.[5]

In the 2008 preseason, Hilliard finished third on the team with 68 rushing yards on a 2.8-yard average.[9] He also caught three passes for 24 yards.[9] On August 30, the team waived Hilliard during final cuts.[10] He was re-signed to the practice squad the following day.[11]

Hilliard with the Dolphins in 2009.

After spending the entire 2008 season on the practice squad, Hilliard was re-signed on January 5, 2009. In week 11 of the 2009 season Hillard was given the backup running back role behind Ricky Williams due to the foot injury to Ronnie Brown.

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Hilliard signed with the Minnesota Vikings on March 18, 2012. On August 31, 2012 as the Vikings reduced their roster down to league maximum of 53 players, he was released.[12]

New England PatriotsEdit

On September 4, 2012, Hilliard signed with the New England Patriots. He was released on September 19, 2012. During his short tenure with the Patriots, Hilliard played in two games recording one rush attempt for two yards.

New York JetsEdit

Hillard was signed by the New York Jets on October 2, 2012.[13] Hilliard was placed on injured reserve on August 21, 2013 after fracturing his right scapula in practice.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Lex Hilliard". MontanaGrizzlies.com. Retrieved July 11, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "TEAM:Roster Lex Hilliard Profile". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  3. ^ "Career History". MontanaGrizzlies.com. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e "KFFL - Lex Hilliard, RB". KFFL.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Lex Hilliard Conference Call". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2008. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  6. ^ "ESPN - NFL - NFLDraftTracker". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  7. ^ "Dolphins sign three draft picks, add two linemen". BaltimoreSun.com. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  8. ^ "Miami Dolphins : USAToday.com". USAToday.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Miami Dolphins 2008 preseason stats". NFL.com. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "Dolphins Make Roster Moves, Pare Down To 53". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "Dolphins Awarded Three Off Waivers; Add Five To Practice Squad; Williams Extended". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on September 21, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Craig, Mark. "Chris Carr, Sage Rosenfels surprises among Vikings' final cuts". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  13. ^ Orr, Conor (October 2, 2012). "Jets sign free agent RB/FB Lex Hilliard". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  14. ^ Slater, Darryl (August 21, 2013). "Jets injury updates: Kenrick Ellis injured back lifting weights, says he likely won't face Giants". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.

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