Leroy Hill Talks Super Bowl

Former Clemson LB Leroy Hill talks about his first year in the NFL and playing in the Super Bowl.

In 47 career games at Clemson, Leroy Hill recorded 311 tackles (219 solos), including 16 sacks for minus-123 yards, 48 stops for losses of 182 yards and 15 quarterback pressures.

Only Anthony Simmons (52, 1995-97), Keith Adams (54, 1998-2000), William Perry (60, 1981-84) and Michael Dean Perry (61, 1984-87) recorded more stops behind the line of scrimmage in school history than Hill's 48.

He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (98th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft and is now one of two rookie linebackers (Lofa Tatupu) that will start in Super Bowl XL Sunday against Pittsburgh.

What's your first year in the NFL been like for you?
Hill: It's unreal. Rookie year: starting in the Super Bowl. It's a dream come true. Obviously I have no complaints.

What about the transition of going from the college to the NFL? Was it harder than expected? Easier?
Hill: It's been a little easier than I expected. I knew it was going to be hard and it has been hard. It started with training camp. I think I made the transition easier for myself. So did Lofa. We have helped each other out a lot.

A lot of people really don't seem to be giving you guys a lot of respect because you are the 'Seahawks.' Your thoughts on that?
Hill: Well we've been underdogs the whole year. It's been cool because that's our role. We've been creeping up on people. Hopefully we can keep that rolling for just one more game.

The Super Bowl has to be the biggest sporting event out there. Any butterflies this week?
Hill: I definitely have butterflies. It's the Super Bowl. We have a couple of guys that have been here before that have won Super Bowls. So they've been a calming influence.

What do they tell you to try and keep things in perspective?
Hill: We know the whole world will be watching. That's the one thing - you don't want to make a mistake with the whole world watching. But it's just a football game. You have to remember that.

Do you like how you guys match up with Pittsburgh?
Hill: We like our matchups. They are a bigger team - we know that. Like I said, we've been the underdog. We don't have a real big team but we are winning.

Have to ask you about the Clemson/South Carolina. Clemson beat the Gamecocks again this year. You didn't ever lose that game while you were at Clemson did you?
Hill: I lost once, my true freshman year. We had Woody Dantzler that year. That's my one loss. Charlie Whitehurst was 4-0 against South Carolina. That's how we do it right there. They try and call it a rivalry. But it's not anymore. It's a landslide.

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