Tyreek Hill is an American footballer wide receiver presently with the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hill showcased his football skills at Garden City, Oklahoma State, and West Alabama during his college career. Renowned for his exceptional speed and agility, he has earned the nickname "Cheetah." Let’s learn more about Tyreek’s life.
What is Tyreek Hill’s Net Worth?
Tyreek Hill, the American professional football player widely known as "Cheetah," has amassed a substantial net worth of $40 million. His reputation for exceptional speed and performance as a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs propelled him to fame. In March 2022, Hill secured a groundbreaking four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins valued at $120 million, establishing him as the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history at that time.
Hill's achievements include being named a first-team All-Pro in 2016, 2018, and 2020, along with Pro Bowl selections in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. He played a pivotal role in the Kansas City Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl LIV in 2020. Additionally, at the age of 18, Hill showcased his athletic versatility by winning a gold medal in the 4x100m relay and a bronze medal in the 200m at the 2012 Barcelona World Junior Championships.
Tyreek Hill’s Career Highlights
Tyreek Hill’s College Career
Following high school, Tyreek Hill joined the football and track teams at Garden City Community College in Kansas. In 2014, he transferred to Oklahoma State University but faced a setback when he was dismissed from the university's football team in December of the same year due to a domestic violence arrest. Despite this, Hill had notable achievements during his time on the team, ranking second in the country in combined return yards and 11th in all-purpose yards.
In September 2015, Hill enrolled at the University of West Alabama. During his tenure with the Tigers football team, he showcased his versatility by serving as a wide receiver, running back, kick returner and punt returner.
Impressing scouts at West Alabama's Pro Day, Tyreek Hill, initially projected to go undrafted due to a 2014 arrest, defied expectations by becoming the 165th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. This made him the first West Alabama player to be drafted since the mid-1970s. The Kansas City Chiefs faced criticism for selecting him, but head coach Andy Reid defended the decision, praising Hill's commitment to self-improvement through counseling and hard work.
In May 2016, the Chiefs signed Hill to a four-year contract worth $2.58 million, which included a $70,000 signing bonus. Hill started his rookie season as a kick returner, punt returner, and wide receiver. His debut catch in the NFL resulted in a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith. In a game against the Denver Broncos, Hill achieved a kick return for a touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and a rushing touchdown, a feat not seen since Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears in 1965.
This outstanding performance earned him the title of AFC Offensive Player of the Week. As the season progressed, Hill continued to shine, earning honors as AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice. He led in punt return touchdowns and punt return yards. Hill's stellar contributions led to his selection for the Pro Bowl, All-Rookie Team, and First-team All-Pro. Additionally, he was ranked at #36 by his fellow players on the "NFL Top 100 Players of 2017" list.
In late 2017, Tyreek Hill earned another Pro Bowl selection, and in 2018, he secured his third Pro Bowl nod along with being named first-team All-Pro and second-team All-Pro. In April 2019, Hill faced a temporary suspension from the team amid a child abuse investigation. However, after being cleared, he signed a three-year contract extension worth $54 million.
During the season opener, Hill suffered a posteriorly dislocated sternoclavicular joint, keeping him out of action until week six. Despite the setback, the team went on to win the AFC West and triumphed in Super Bowl LIV with a 31–20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In week 12 of the 2020 season, Tyreek Hill was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
The Chiefs advanced to Super Bowl LV, where they were defeated 31–9 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In January 2022, Hill set a new team record for the most receptions in a single season with 106. Two months later, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins, who promptly signed him to a four-year, $120 million contract extension, featuring a guaranteed $72.2 million.
Tyreek Hill, born on March 1, 1994, hails from Lauderhill, Florida, and was raised by his grandparents, Virginia and Herman Hill, in Pearson, Georgia. Virginia, who considers herself more of a mother figure to Tyreek, mentioned in 2014 that she brought him home from the hospital and prefers the role of a mother, even though she recognizes her primary role as a grandmother. Tyreek's early involvement in football started with flag football as a child, and by the age of 7, he was already playing in a Pop Warner league alongside 10-year-olds.
His high school years were spent at Coffee High School, where he not only excelled in football but also showcased his talent in track and field, winning the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Georgia 5A state meet in 2012. Tyreek's outstanding performance at the 2012 Golden South Classic earned him the title of "High School Athlete of the Year" from "Track and Field News." Additionally, he was recognized as one of "USA Today's" All-American track and field selections.
However, Tyreek faced legal troubles in December 2014 when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend, Crystal Espinal, leading to his dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team. After pleading guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation, he received three years of probation and was mandated to attend anger management courses. Tyreek and Espinal later became engaged in September 2018. In March 2019, an investigation arose when their three-year-old son, Zev, suffered a broken arm. Although a recording surfaced suggesting potential concerns, subsequent medical investigations indicated that the injury was consistent with a typical accident involving a toddler. The Kansas Department of Children and Families temporarily placed Zev into care.
Tyreek and Espinal are parents to twins, Nyla and Nakeem, and in July 2019, Espinal filed for "sole legal custody and residency of the minor children." In December 2020, Tyreek revealed his relationship with Keeta Vaccaro, and they got engaged on July 4, 2021. However, in March 2022, reports surfaced of Tyreek Hill being in a relationship with painter/Instagram model Mary Isabel, as reported by Awesemo.com.
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