HILL, HARLON, 1932-2013


Professional football player. Born– May 4, 1932, Killen, Lauderdale Co. Parents–Frank Beatrice and Bessie Simpson Hill.  Married–Virginia Ann Sellers.  Children–five. Education– Florence State College, B.S. (1953), and M. A. (1969) Played football with Chicago Bears, 1954-1961; Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, 1962. NFL Rookie of the Year, 1954; Jim Thorpe Trophy, 1955; Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 1976. After retirement, earned M.A.; worked as assistant coach and alumni director, University of North Alabama; taught and coached at Brooks High School. The Harlon Hill Trophy, named in his honor, is awarded annually to the nation’s best NCAA Division II football player. Died March 21, 2013.


Who’s Who in Football, 1974; Victory after the Game.


Victory after the Game; the Harlon Hill Story. Florence, Ala.; Popular Books, 1977.