Joe Hills (American football)

Joe Hills
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-02) October 2, 1987
Place of birth: Palmetto, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Palmetto (FL)
College: Tennessee State
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 436
Receiving yards: 5,510
Touchdowns: 136
Player stats at

Joseph Hills (born October 2, 1987) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Carolina from 2007–08 before transferring to Tennessee State.

Early life

Hills attended Palmetto High School in Palmetto, Florida. There, he was a standout member of the football team being ranked as the No. 27 recruit at the wide receiver position.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Joseph Hills
Palmetto, Florida Palmetto High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 4.55 Nov 17, 2006 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 90 (WR)   Rivals: 27 (WR), 37 (FL)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Hills committed to the University of South Carolina on November 17, 2006.[1] Hills chose South Carolina over football scholarships from Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, & Nebraska.[2]

College career

Hills played 2 seasons for the Gamecocks, starting 3 game in his career. After the 2008 season, Hills transferred to Tennessee State University.

Professional career

Tennessee Titans

After failing to be drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Hills was invited to training camp by the Tennessee Titans. Hills suffered an ankle injury during camp, ruining his chances at making the final roster. He was cut on September 4, 2011.[3]

Spokane Shock

Hills signed with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League before the 2012 season.

Tampa Bay Storm

Hills finished the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Storm.

Hills had a big season for the Storm in 2013, earning 1st Team All-Arena honors, finishing in the top 7 of the league in receptions (133), receiving yards (1,861) and receiving touchdowns (42).[4][5]

Carolina Panthers

His great play in 2013 helped earn Hills an invitation to training camp with the Carolina Panthers,[6] but he failed to make the final roster.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hills was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' practice roster on August 12, 2014.[7] He was released by the Tiger-Cats on August 29, 2014.[8]

Pittsburgh Power

On September 25, 2014, Hills was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power. The Power folded in November 2014, making Hills a free agent.[9]

Jacksonville Sharks

On December 30, 2014, Hills was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks. Hills had a terrific season with the Sharks, breaking Jeron Harvey's team record for receptions. Hills was named a Second Team All-Arena selection in 2015. On October 21, 2015, Hills was assigned to the Sharks for the 2016 season. Hills went on to have another spectacular year for the Sharks in 2016 raking in 2,020 reception yards and 50+ touchdowns earning himself receiver of the year honors. [10] Hills won the 2016 Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award.[11]


  1. "Joseph Hills". Yahoo!. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  2. "Joseph Hills". Microsoft. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  3. "Cut by Titans, Joe Hills vows he will be back". September 4, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  4. Jim Meehan (August 8, 2013). "Meyer, Tennell make All-AFL first-team offense". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  5. "Joe Hills Earns All-Arena Honors". Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. August 8, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  6. Alan Dell (May 5, 2013). "Joe Hills' Arena League heroics earn him an invitation to Carolina Panthers camp". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  7. "Ticats Add Receiver Joe Hills To Practice Roster". August 12, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  8. "August 2014". Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  9. DiPaola, Jerry (November 17, 2014). "Power fold for now; AFL remains hopeful of keeping franchise viable". Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  10. "Joe Hills to Suit up for Sharks in 2016". OurSports Central. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  11. "Joe Hills Named Under Armour Offensive Player of the Year". OurSports Central. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
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