Winston Hill Deserves to be in Canton

autographed 1965 topps 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 Gang Green Nation recently posted a great article on Hill, which can be found at:

Winston Hill: Namath’s Graceful Protector

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2 Responses to Winston Hill Deserves to be in Canton

  1. Eddie Arminio says:

    Unfortunately, Winston Hill played in an era of football that defensive players, got way more publicity than their offensive counterparts.When Winston played,many teams had nicknames for their defenses, wreck less tackling, forearms flying, and helmet hits all were common.A television documentary, The Violent World of Sam Huff, a story about the NY Giant linebacker made America curious. Hard defensive hitting sold tickets in both leagues.Players like Winston Hill, were respected by his peers,but was lost in the shuffle by the fans. Winston and Sherman Plunkett, were a great tackle tandem on those Jet teams.

  2. Howard says:

    Offensive linemen are relatively few and far between in the Hall of Fame. And they usually get in only when first eligible. Otherwise they fade from memory. Even Jerry Kramer never got in. He was multiple All Pro, and the author of several books. In contrast, several marginal quarterbacks (by my standards) have been inducted. The glamour positions get the action!

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