A Decade of Glory: The football journey of DuQuoin's Nick Hill
Basketball was Nick Hill's first love. Hill was a two-time all-state performer at DuQuoin. He was a late bloomer in football, but became the first Indian quarterback in 35 years to throw for more than 4,000 yards in his career. In 2002, Hill led DuQuoin to the IHSA Class '3A' state title game.
Hill actually played a year of college basketball at Western Kentucky before transferring to Southern Illinois. At SIU, Hill took the Saluki program to places it hadn't seen in a generation. He led the Salukis to the 2007 national semifinals, which happened to be their best finish since they won the national championship in 1983.
Hill was 21-6 as a starter at SIU and still ranks 2nd all-time in school history with 46 touchdown passes.
After he wasn't drafted out of college, Hill signed a free agent deal with the Chicago Bears, but was cut before training camp.
Hill has gone on to have a successful career in the Arena Football League. In 2011, he led Orlando to the playoffs by throwing 92 touchdown passes.