Madre Hill

Madre Hill (born January 2, 1976) is a former American football running back, playing last for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Considered one of the greatest running backs to come out of the University of Arkansas[who?], Hill was named 1st Team All-SEC in 1995 and was named to the Razorbacks' All-time team for the 1990s. He formerly held the all-time season rushing record for Arkansas high schools and for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Madre Hill
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Hill waves while being honored as an SEC Football Legend on the field at Razorback Stadium[1]
No. 34, 23
Personal information
Born: (1976-01-02) January 2, 1976 (age 45)
Malvern, Arkansas
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Malvern (AR)
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 207
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Arkansas record: Rushing touchdowns in a game (6)
  • 1st Team All-SEC (Coaches, Associated Press)
  • Arkansas All-Decade Team, 1990s
  • 2016 SEC Football Legend
Career NFL statistics
Return yards:137
Return avg.:17.1
Player stats at · PFR

Early lifeEdit

Madre Hill grew up in Malvern, Arkansas, where he began playing organized football at an early age. Even before Hill reached high school, leagues were instituting rules in order to keep things fair for his opponents. While playing youth football in the Wilson Intermediate Football League, Hill gained a reputation for scoring practically every time he touched the ball, causing scoring in games to get out of hand. As a result a bylaw was created that limited Hill to three touchdowns if his team was ahead by more than fourteen points. The rule came to be known as the "Madre Hill Rule", but had been out of use for many years until the league re-instated it in 2011 to respond to the abilities of Demias Jimerson, who was dominating games in a similar fashion to Hill.[2][3]

Hill went on to Malvern High School, where he rushed for a then-state record 6,010 yards and 68 touchdowns. As a senior Hill ran for a state record 2863 yards and led Malvern to a Class AAA State Championship in 1993, running for over 200 yards in the title game. Following his senior year Hill was named Reebok National High School Player of the Year, and was named All-American by USA Today and Blue Chip Illustrated for the second time by each publication. Hill was also a Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year for Arkansas,[4] and closed his high school career with 3 All-State and All-District selections.

College careerEdit

Hill played collegiately for the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1994–98, missing the 1996 and 1997 seasons due to tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in each knee.[5]

1994 SeasonEdit

As a freshman, Hill ran for 351 yards on 74 carries (4.7 avg.), and tied a school record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers.[6]

1995 SeasonEdit

In 1995, Hill was named 1st team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) by the SEC coaches and the Associated press,[7] setting single game school records for rushing attempts (45 against Auburn) and rushing touchdowns (6 against South Carolina) and the school's single season record for rushing yards (1387) and rushing attempts (307). His records for season rushing yards and attempts stood until surpassed by Darren McFadden in 2006 and 2007, respectively.[8][9] Hill led the Razorbacks to the SEC Championship Game that season, where they were defeated by Florida 34–3. Hill left the game after suffering his first knee injury on the opening drive. He tried to return later in the game but was unable to run the ball. It was later determined that Hill had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.[10] The 1995 Hogs finished 8–5 after losing to North Carolina in the Carquest Bowl, without Hill.[11]

1998 SeasonEdit

In 1998, Hill came back from a two-year absence and helped the Razorbacks to a 9–3 record and a first place tie for the SEC West Division title with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, in head coach Houston Nutt's first season (Hill's coach from 1994 through 1997 was Danny Ford). Hill rushed for 669 yards (4.2 avg.) and seven touchdown. Arkansas would lose to a Michigan team led by Tom Brady in the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 1999.[5]

Hill was named to the Arkansas Razorbacks All-Decade Team for the 1990s, and finished his Razorback career with 2,407 yards rushing, tenth place all-time at the university. His 25 rushing touchdowns are sixth in school history, and he is also eleventh in 100-yard rushing games, with eight.[1][12][13] Local artist Nancy Couch was commissioned by then-athletic director Frank Broyles to paint two Razorback football players running behind a herd of charging razorbacks. For the players Houston Nutt chose Brandon Burlsworth and Madre Hill. The original 8" X 16" oil on canvas painting of Hill running behind Burlsworth currently hangs in the Broyles Athletic Center at the University of Arkansas. Only 1500 numbered originals were printed.[14]

Professional careerEdit

Hill was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft.[15] Selected with the first pick of the seventh round,[15] Hill was drafted ahead of players such as Chris Akins and future Pro Bowler Donald Driver. Hill played two seasons with the Browns, playing five games as a kick returner in 1999, returning 8 kicks for 137 yards. Hill spent the 2000 season on injured reserve due to a neck injury.[16]

In 2001, Hill played in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder, and was the team's leading rusher with 388 yards on 69 carries (5.6 avg.). He also caught 15 passes for 295 yards (19.7 avg.), returned 7 kicks for 98 yards and scored four touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving).[17] The Thunder finished with a 6–4 record and won World Bowl IX that season,[18] with Hill leading the Thunder in rushing with 31 yards on 8 attempts and catching 4 passes for 35 yards.

Hill's performance with the Berlin Thunder earned him a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers in 2001. He was signed to fill in during LaDainian Tomlinson's holdout,[19] but was released after appearing in three pre-season games once Tomlinson signed with the team.[20] Hill's final professional season was with the Oakland Raiders in 2002, where he was part of the active roster[21] for the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, which they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Post-playing careerEdit

Hill leads a hog call at Razorback Stadium

After playing for the Raiders, Madre Hill returned to the University of Arkansas, where he served as a graduate assistant to head football coach Houston Nutt in 2004. In 2005, Hill was hired by Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina as running backs coach.[6] The Gamecocks finished the 2005 season with a 7–5 record and were invited to the Independence Bowl. Hill coached running backs at Florida International University for head coach Don Strock during the 2006 season.[22] In 2011 Hill founded RazorClean Inc., a management, supply, and contracting company.[23][24]

In September 2015, Hill was named by the Southeastern Conference as one of fifteen SEC Football Legends, and was honored with rest of the class before 2015 SEC Championship Game on December 5, 2015. Hill was one of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes who were inducted as members of the 2017 class of the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor that September.[1][25] Hill was also inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. He is generally considered the best running back of the 1990s for the Razorbacks, and one of the greatest high school running backs in Arkansas high school football history.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Lanlois, Brian. "Hill Named SEC Football Legend.", September 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Smith, Cameron. "Youth league institutes TD limit for eleven year old." Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Korbe, Tina. "11-year-old football star told not to score too many touchdowns.", September 29, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Madre Hill: 1994 Gatorade Football Player of the Year for Arkansas." (erroneously listed as 'Andre Hill.') Archived December 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Gatorade Player of the Year – State Winners. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Povtak, Tim. "Hill Has Climbed a Mountain." Orlando Sentinel, December 27, 1998. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Madre Hill Named Assistant Football Coach at South Carolina.", December 11, 2004. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  7. ^ '2008 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Media Guide." Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "Darren McFadden." Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  9. ^ Boyles, Bob, and Paul Guido. The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia 2009-2010. New York City:Skyhorse Publishing, 2009. ISBN 1602396779. Google Books. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Ford Looks Back At 1995 SEC Title Game.", November 27, 2006. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  11. ^ Gardner, Michelle. "Razorback Senior Goes Out With Style." Orlando Sentinel, December 31, 1995. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  12. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks Career Rushing Leaders - Since 1970." Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  13. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks rushing." Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  14. ^ Couch, Nancy. "Charging Razorbacks." Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  15. ^ a b "Madre Hill: 1999 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile." Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  16. ^ "Chargers bring in RB Hill.", July 25, 2001. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "2001 Berlin Thunder Statistics." The Football Database. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  18. ^ "Berlin Thunder Team History." Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  19. ^ Schaeffer, Rick. The Game of My Life. ISBN 1582619883. Google Books. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  20. ^ "Hill was released by the Chargers on Monday.", August 27, 2001. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  21. ^ "Madre Hill." Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  22. ^ "Madre Hill." Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  23. ^ "RazorClean, Inc.: About RazorClean Inc." Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  24. ^ "RazorClean Maids." Better Business Bureau. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  25. ^ "2017 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class Announced.", May 19, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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