Bootleg Radio: WR Tony Hill
The Bootleg proudly presents another in our never-ending series of former Stanford football player updates. This one is the third of three "casual" interviews I was privileged to conduct at the TCU Homecoming game on October 13, 2007. All were recorded in the famed Chuck Taylor Grove. A tough 38-36 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs was at least partially offset by a fun chat with my fast-talking old friend, one of Stanford's all-time greatest wide receivers, long-time Dallas Cowboy, the great Tony Hill [1973-76]
Tony Hill was truly one of my childhood heroes. Terrific player, wonderful guy. A graduate of Long Beach Poly High, he played quarterback and broke all of the records held by former Stanford quarterback/wide receiver Gene Washington before following in Washington's footsteps and heading north to the Farm where he would catch 140 balls for 2,225 yards. In doing so, Hill would become by nearly 500 yards Stanford's career leader in receiving yardage at the end of his outstanding career, once again breaking all of Gene Washington's records, but this time as a wide receiver. He would hold that mark for five years until Darrin Nelson blew by him. Until last weekend, 31 seasons later, Hill could still be found among Stanford's top 10 career yardage leaders. Mark Bradford's big game against Washington State actually dropped Tony from #10 to #11. It should be noted that "T" accomplished those numbers in what essentially amounted to three years of play. As a freshman in 1973 he was behind several veteran upperclassmen (Bill Singler, Eric Test, etc.) and wasn't utilized much, managing just seven catches from '73 quarterback Mike Boryla for 71 yards. Otherwise, Tony's three-year stretch from 1974-76 would rank even higher on any all-time list. Tony also finished his career as Stanford's career leader in touchdown receptions with 18 - still tied for fifth all-time to this day! He went on to play in two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys where he earned the nickname "Thrill" Hill.
Been saving this one for the bye week...
Bootleg Radio: Tony Hill Homecoming Interview - Part I (6:16)
Bootleg Radio: Tony Hill Homecoming Interview - Part II (2:34)
Bootleg Radio: Tony Hill Homecoming Interview - Part III (2:40)
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