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Winston Hill, Jets' Decorated Tackle, Dies at 74
Winston Hill, the affable Jets tackle who nevertheless "viciously" protected the flanks of Jets quarterbacks for 14 seasons in the Sixties and Seventies expertly enough to be inducted in the Jets' inaugural Ring of Honor class, died tonight in his adopted hometown of Denver. He was And as accomplished as he was on the field, he was an even better person whose profound impact on his teammates and those who came in contact with him left an impression for a lifetime. He was the type of man who if you were his friend, you thought you were his best friend. As an All-American two-way lineman, he attracted the attention of the Baltimore Colts, who selected him in the 11th round th overall of the NFL draft held in December Then in , FB Matt Snell arrived. In , RB Emerson Boozer arrived.
But now? He's in the Jets' Ring of Honor. He played in consecutive games, and made an astonishing straight starts more than the recently retired Jets ironman D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Namath thinks it's long past time for Hill to be enshrined next to him in Canton. But you know what? I do want to talk now.
He was the th player chosen overall. Hill went to Texas Southern University, where he was an All-American player who played along the line on both offense and defense. The Texas Southern roster was stacked with great players at the time. Many went on to play professional football: Men like Charlie Frazier, W. Cheeks, Gene Jeter and Hill's close friend Homer Jones, who invented the spiking of the ball after a touchdown. He quickly found himself starting at left tackle for the Jets.
As the tributes to fellow inductees Joe Klecko and Don Maynard show, one of the essential functions of the TJB Hall of Fame and the primary reason for creating this exercise is to go some small way towards righting history's wrongs. Considering Hill retired from professional football while I was just a baby, the challenge now is to do his contribution to the New York Jets franchise justice to ensure that Hill is not once again overshadowed by the rest of the class. In order to do that, we must rely on the testimonies of others. Took them just where he wanted them to go. Never seemed like he was exerting himself that much. Tell me, did you ever seen [him] sweat? I mean when he blocks, he doesn't just get a stalemate with the guy he's on.
In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. Aggressive blocker who utilized great size and strength. Battled knee injury for much of career. Named first-team All-NFL seven times. Possessed size, speed, agility, intelligence, strength to be premier offensive tackle. Mild-mannered, hard working, great team player. Equally adept on running, passing plays.