Take yourself back to 2005. Look at the Seattle roster. From 1 to 53 does the name LeRoy Hill stand out as a name that you thought could still be on the team in 2012? Fat chance.
But thatâs just where youâll find him.
Only now heâs a grizzled vet, a team leader, a fan favorite. Under the hood heâs the same old LeRoy though. The mean streak that every NFL team wishes they could have.
Linebacker LeRoy Hill hasÂ a lot of pastÂ behind him as he enters his eighth season in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran leader has had his share of experience as a formerÂ rookie starÂ with Super Bowl experience and many productive seasons.
Hill has also had many complications with the law.
After an impressive college career with Clemson,Â Hill was selected 34th in the 2005 NFL Draft by Seattle.
After a knee injury sidelined vet Jamie Sharper halfway through the season, Hill was thrust into the starting position as a rookie along with Lofa Tatupu. He finished the season with 72 tackles and 7.5 sacks, earning him a spot on the Pro Bowl roster although he was not able to play due to an ankle injury.
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HeÂ was a key factor inÂ bringing the 13-3 Seahawks to Super Bowl XL that same year, only to end up losing to the Steelers 21-10.
He played considerably well every season after his first. HeÂ made the big plays when they matteredÂ and it was obvious how much the game meant to him.
His performance earned respect from the coaches and turned him into a veteran leader. In 2010 an achillesÂ injury put him on the injuredÂ reserve, ending hisÂ season after only one game.
He was a key factor in bringing the 13-3 Seahawks to Super Bowl XL
Hill was thought to have a lot of potential coming back from his injury and he was determined to make a name for himself.
But troubles off the field have caused some concern, as he already had two run-ins with the law. In January 2009 he was arrested in Atlanta for marijuana possesion.
The police found him passed out in his car at an intesection.
The following year Hill was arrested in the town of Issaquah, WA due to suspicions about domestic abuse. He allegedly hit his girlfriend.
Just aÂ couple of months after the end of the 2011 season, Â Hill was charged with marijuana possession again, but the charges were later droppedÂ after Hill successfully passed a drug test.
Hill has recently re-signed with the Seahawks, so check out why weâre happy about it.
Although LeRoy Hill has not met the same sack total that he had his rookie season, he has still been a key component to Seattleâs young and upcoming defense. He finished the 2011 season with 89 tackles, his second best result of his career.
I predict that Hill will be an interesting player to watch during the 2012 season, as he is due for yet another breakout year.Â
He does have quite a few character concerns, but Pete Carroll is known for keeping his players under control.
At age 29, Hill potentially has a lot more game left in him.
Heâs dedicated himself to staying in Seattle a bit longer.
LeRoy Hill on getting lighter this offseason #Seahawks â âMore of a vet. Want to keep it going Feel like Iâm yr 2 or 3. Lighter, Thinner!â
â Northwest SportsBeat (@NWSportsBeat) May 30, 2012
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