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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Football Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Pork
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
Call It What You Like.

Birthplace

Born:
10/21/1943
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Football Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Pork
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
Call It What You Like.

Birthplace

Born:
10/21/1943
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Football great Darryl Andre Hill was born on October 21, 1943 in Washington, D.C. He is the eldest child of Palestine and Kermit Hill. Hill attended Nevell Thomas and Mott Elementary Schools in Washington, D.C. before attending Holy Name, a private Catholic school in Washington. Hill broke the color barrier on the football field when he enrolled at Gonzaga College High School and graduated in 1960.

From 1960 to 1961, Hill attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on a football scholarship. After a year, he transferred to the plebe team of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he broke the color barrier once again as the first African American football player on that team. A starting half back with Navy, Hill caught passes from the now famous quarterback, Roger Staubach. In 1962, Hill left the Naval Academy for the University of Maryland in College Park when he became the first African American to play football in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1965, Hill received his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

After graduation from Maryland, Hill opened a restaurant in Washington, D.C., called W.H. Bone, which was one of the city’s first upscale soul food restaurants. Hill left the restaurant business in 1992 and moved to the West Coast where he ran several successful energy related companies. In 2001, Hill entered into several forestry and packaging ventures in the former Soviet Union. In 2003, Hill returned to his alma mater as the director of major gifts at the University of Maryland.

Hill is the father of three, Tami, Patrick and Maia. He currently resides in Columbia, Maryland and is active in 100 Black Men and The Terrapin Club.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Darryl Hill interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Darryl Hill's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Darryl Hill discusses his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Darryl Hill discusses his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Darryl Hill discusses his grandparents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Darryl Hill recounts early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Darryl Hill describes growing up with his younger brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Darryl Hill describes his childhood environs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Darryl Hill recounts stories from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Darryl Hill discusses his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Darryl Hill recalls the role of the church in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Darryl Hill recalls his early role model
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Darryl Hill describes his high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Darryl Hill discusses his ambitions before going to college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Darryl Hill describes his high school football career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Darryl Hill describes his college football career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Darryl Hill describes his time at the United States Naval Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Darryl Hill discusses how he got to the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Darryl Hill details racial encounters during his college football career, part I
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Darryl Hill details racial encounters during his college football career, part II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Daryll Hill discusses his transition into a business career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Darryl Hill describes his first business endeavors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Darryl Hill discusses his business ventures in Russia and Buryatia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Darryl Hill discusses his return to the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Darryl Hill reflects on his life as a trailblazer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Darryl Hill evaluates his legacy and the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Darryl Hill plays football for the U.S. Naval Academy, 1961
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Darryl Hill's great-grandmother, 1877
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Darryl Hill plays football for Gonzaga College High School in the league championship game, Washington, D.C., 1959
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Darryl Hill plays football for Gonzaga College High School in the city championship game, Washington, D.C., 1959
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Darryl Hill's great-grandfather, ca. 1900
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Darryl Hill's mother on her wedding day, 1940
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Darryl Hill's father, ca. 1990
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Darryl Hill, age two, 1945
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Darryl Hill's mother at age sixteen during her senior year of high school, ca. 1937
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Darryl Hill, age five, at Christmas, 1948
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Darryl Hill as an infant, 1943
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Darryl Hill, #25, in team photo of the University of Maryland football squad, College Park, Maryland, 1963
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Darryl Hill catches a touchdown pass against the U.S. Air Force Academy, College Park, Maryland, 1963
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Darryl Hill in a publicity photo for University of Maryland's football team, College Park, Maryland, 1963
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Darryl Hill with an army veteran and his wife, Moscow, Russia, 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Darryl Hill scuba-dives at Playa Blanca, Mexico, 1989
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Darryl Hill's mother upon receiving a Master's degree, ca. 1950
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Darryl Hill receives an award for a theatrical performance, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Darryl Hill named honorary captain at a University of Maryland football game, College Park, Maryland, 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 20 - Photo - Darryl Hill hosts Maynard Jackson at his restaurant, Wildwood, Atlanta, Georgia, 2002