Hill has excelled as an NFL player, and as executive and consultant to several professional sports franchises, while being a spokesperson for professional and collegiate sports.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hill is an alumnus of the Riverdale Country School in New York. He attended Riverdale and Yale on scholarships. He completed his education at Yale, graduating in 1969 with a History B.A. While at Yale, he was a member of Battel Chapel Deacons, Delta Kappa Epsilon, St. Elmo's Society, and Black Students at Yale. Excelling on the gridiron, he was a two-time All-Ivy selection, breaking Albie Booth's record for career touchdowns. As a track & field athlete, he set Yale records in the long and triple jumps that stood for many years.
In 1969 he was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He earned NFL Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors that year. After spending six years in Dallas, where he became the team's first 1000 yard rusher, Hill's athletic career continued with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974. He also played in Super Bowls V and VI.
His post-NFL career has included numerous executive, board and consulting assignments for professional sports franchises, including the Baltimore Orioles, the San Diego Padres and the Cleveland Browns. Since 1997, he has been a consultant to Jerry Jones and The Dallas Cowboys Football Club.
In 1994, Hill received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and in 1998 he received the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Man of the Year Award. In 2001, Hill received the George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale. In 2009, he received the Doak Walker Legends Award.
Hill resides in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife, Janet. The Hills are parents of son Grant, who graduated from Duke in 1994. He plays for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.