Category Archives: Winston Hill
Winston Hill may be the most underrated of the great AFL tackles. When considering the top tackles in the league, Ron Mix, Jim Tyrer, Stew Barber and a few others come to mind. Hill ranks right up there with the best of them, yet somehow never seems to receive the respect that he deserves.
Hill is an All-Time AFL Second Team member, and was selected to eight AFL All-Star and NFL Pro Bowl games. He was a dominant player both before and after the merger, yet like so many other AFL stars, he still has no spot in Canton.
The AFL had many fantastic offensive linemen, most of whom have been overlooked for hall of fame induction. Walt Sweeney, Ed Budde, Jim Tyrer, Bob Talamini, and more. Winston Hill is in that category as well. He pass blocked for Joe Namath, and opened holes for Emerson Boozer and Matt Snell. Hill was an eight-time AFL All-Star/NFL Pro Bowler, and incredibly, missed just one game over his 15-year career.
There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.