Winston Hill, American football player, Died at 74

Winston Hill was born on October 23, 1941, and died on April 26, 2016.

He was an American college and professional football player.

He originated from Joaquin, Texas.

The late Garfield Hill was his father, who served as principal of Weldon High School in Gladewater, Texas.

Winston played both offensive and defensive line in college at Texas Southern University and was an All-American.

He was selected by the Baltimore Colts in 1963, but signed as a free agent with New York’s American Football League franchise in the same year that they became the New York Jets, and went on to record the tenth-longest string of starts in pro football history at 174.

Hill played as a left offensive tackle for the Jets, he spent his career protecting Joe Namath’s blind side and opening holes for the likes of Emerson Boozer, Matt Snell and John Riggins.

Winston was an American Football League All-Star in 1964, 1967, 1968 and 1969, and a Pro Bowl selection in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973.

However, though he had these achievements, Hill has yet to be inducted into or even nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Himself along with Joe Namath joined the Los Angeles Rams in 1977; Namath retired after one season and Hill after three games.

Winston Hill passed away at 74 yrs old.