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Shaun Hill – Blue Dragon Spotlight Presented By Hutchinson Community College

By Matt Browning

Shaun Hill had a moment at Hutchinson Community College where it just clicked for him.

“It was my third game as a freshman that I first felt comfortable and felt like I belonged as a college quarterback,” Hill said.

Hill went on to play Division I football at Maryland and then played 11 seasons in the NFL, where he started 35 games.

“I remember being tested and pushed constantly there,” Hill said. “It was 18 months of tremendous growth as a football player. I went from zero scholarship offers from four-year colleges as a quarterback to getting major Division 1 offers.”

Hill said his best memories are the teammates he came into Hutch with, as well as making history.

“It (growth) all culminated with a Valley of the Sun Bowl win,” Hill said. “If I remember correctly, it was the first bowl win for Hutch in 40 years. “I have very fond memories of my teammates that season. “In particular, the guys that I came in with the fall before. It was vindication for us and the hard work and sacrifice that we put in.”  

The decision to go to HCC was an interesting one for Hill.

“I was playing basketball, so I didn’t have a chance to really come visit,” Hill said. “I signed sight unseen. I chose Hutch because it was my best opportunity to develop as a passer. Also, they were known to want to play in-state kids at quarterback.”

Going to Hutch was a decision that Hill has never regretted.

“I would recommend any student or student athlete give Hutch a good, long, hard look,” Hill said. “I am sure glad I did.”  

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