No one gets to be mistakenly nicknamed Cheetah unless they are lightning fast which Tyreek Hill has proven to be in his few years in the National Football League. The wide receiver, who can also play as a return specialist and running back, was drafted by the Kansa City Chiefs in 2016 amid heavy criticism over a past domestic abuse incident. The player has, however, looked to have put all that behind him and focused on his game to earn back to back Pro Bowl appearances as well as a spot on the Professional Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team.
His Early Life and Education
Tyreek Hill was born on the 1st of March, 1994 in Lauderhill, Florida although he spent most of his formative years in Georgia where he was raised by his single mother, Virginia Hill. From a very young age, Hill proved to be very athletic and was said to have been the fastest runner among all his peers.
He attended Coffee High School in Douglas Georgia where he was a stand out member of the school’s track team, notably winning the 100 meter and 200-meter events at the 2012 Georgia 5A state competition. His stand out performances came in his senior high school year in 2012 where he was named Track and Field News High School Athlete of the Year as he earned a USA Today All-American track and field selection.
After smashing and setting a number high school track records, Tyreek Hill enrolled at Garden City Community College where he played both football and ran track. His outstanding performances in football went on to attract interest from bigger colleges and Hill almost soon after joined Oklahoma State University. Hill was an instant sensation for his new team, but however, after just a few months with the side, he was dismissed over a domestic violence incident.
Tyreek Hill’s talent and stats at Oklahoma State spoke for itself and thereby prompted the Universty of West Alabama to take a chance on him. Hill went about his business under the radar with his new team and even though he was able to return to form on the field, the off-field incident continued to hunt him after he graduated. He was not invited to the NFL Combine because of the past incident and was projected to go undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. However, the Kansas City Chiefs against heavy criticism selected him with the 165th overall pick in the fifth round.
NFL Career Stats and Injury
Tyreek Hill repaid the Chiefs’ belief in him by managing a combined stats from runs, receptions, kick returns, and punt returns of 138 touches for 1, 836 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was subsequently named to the 2017 Pro Bowl and garnered First-team All-Pro selections as a punt returner.
For the 2017 season, he was selected to his second straight Pro Bowl after recording a combined stat of 117 touches for 1, 446 yards and 8 touchdowns. The 2018 season proved to be his worst one yet as he suffered from a few minor ankle and hamstring injuries. He went on to manage All-purpose combined stats of 17 touches for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Who is His Girlfriend?
It is not clear if Tyreek Hill is dating anyone at the moment, however, it would take a long time before fans and the public, in general, will forget about his relationship with Crystal Espinal, his former girlfriend during his time at Oklahoma State who made the headlines after he physically abused her.
It was reported that Hill physically assaulted Espinal, who was 8-weeks pregnant at the time after she confronted him in his apartment over allegations that he was hitting on other women. According to police reports, Hill pushed her out of his room and threw her phone and laptop into the hallway. Espinal re-entered the room only to find herself being punched in the stomach. Hill was said to have further put her in a headlock as he also tried to strangle her, starving her of oxygen for a few seconds.
Crystal Espinal subsequently checked herself into a hospital and filed charges against the soon-to-be father of her child. Tyreek Hill pled guilty to all the charges that could have seen him face up to three years in prison. However, the court was lenient with his since he was a first-time offender and instead gave him a three-year deferred sentence with probation, along with other requirements that include a domestic-abuse evaluation program and anger management classes.