|Born:||October 12, 1939|
Torrington, Wyoming, U.S.
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Lingle (WY)|
|NFL Draft:||1961 / Round: 3 / Pick: 35|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
University of Wyoming
Born and raised in southeastern Wyoming, Hill played college football at the University of Wyoming in Laramie under head coach Bob Devaney. He was an All-Skyline Conference running back in 1959 and 1960, and was part of the 1958 team that won the Sun Bowl in his sophomore season.
Hill was selected as Wyoming football's Player of the 20th Century in 1992. He finished his collegiate career with 1,374 rushing yards on 288 carries. He was named as an Honorable Mention All-American in 1959 and 1960.
Selected in the third round (35th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts he played with them through 1970, including Super Bowls III and V. Hill was primarily used as a blocking back for other rushers such as Lenny Moore and Tom Matte and protecting John Unitas from blitzing linebackers. Hill's best season was in 1965 when he led the team in rushing with 516 yards.
National Brewing Company introduced Colt 45 malt liquor in 1963. Listed on the Pabst website as a "Fun Fact," Colt 45 was named after running back #45 Jerry Hill of the 1963 Baltimore Colts and not the .45 caliber handgun ammunition round.
Awards and honors
- All Skyline Conference Running Back, 1959
- All Skyline Conference Running Back, 1960
- Inducted into Wyoming Cowboys Hall of Fame, October 29, 1993.
- Member of 1958 Sun Bowl Champions
- Member of 1968 NFL Champions
- Member of Super Bowl V Champions
- Wyoming Football Player of the 20th Century
- Namesake of the Colt 45 malt liquor
- Hammond, Bob (January 28, 2014). "Where are they now: Jerry Hill was an All-American running back for Cowboys in 1950's". Wyoming Sports Network. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-10-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Tom (2013-09-06). "Why Is It Named Colt 45?". Ghosts of Baltimore. Retrieved 2019-02-19.