Will Hill, a nine game starter at safety for the Giants in 2013, has failed another drug test, it was announced today. His third strike in the NFL’s drug program, Hill faces a one year long suspension from the league. He also faces dismissal from the Giants as General Manager Jerry Reese reportedly put all troubled players on notice that another violation will not be tolerated.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida in 2011, Hill grew up in the shadow of Metlife stadium in East Orange, New Jersey. His first violation of the drug policy was allegedly for the use of Adderall. In 2012, Hill was suspended for four games of the 2012 season, reportedly for marijuana use. The details of suspensions are not made public by the NFL. He was also arrested in December 2013 for an outstanding child support payment warrant.
If Hill does not play another down in a Giants uniform, he will be remembered for his 38 yard interception return for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in their upset win on December 22, 2013, one day after his arrest on the child support issue. His absence makes this Giants more reliant on Stevie Brown’s full recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last preseason. Other safeties currently on the Giants roster are Brown, Antrel Rolle, free agent acquisition Quitin Demps, and Cooper Taylor. Another will likely be added in next month’s draft.
Hill plans to appeal test results.