There is no denying that New York Giants safety Will Hill has some incredible football instincts. He is naturally gifted and the sky is the limit in terms of his potential. It's exactly why General Manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin have stuck with him despite two separate suspensions and some personal issues. The latter, of course, being a major reason few NFL teams afforded him an opportunity out of college.
But, to his credit, despite a few hiccups along the way, Hill has done a good job turning his personal life around and getting his priorities in order. The fact that he's now a starting safety for the New York Giants is testament to that.
And on Sunday night in a critical moment against the Washington Redskins, Hill took, perhaps, the next step in his development. As the saying goes, big players make big plays in big games and that's exactly what he did when he stripped wide receiver Pierre Garcon, securing the win for Big Blue.
“That was some play," Coughlin said. "I was just kidding with him that he had it all the way, but he knew what he wanted. The ball was hanging out there after the short gain which would have given them the first down. He ripped the ball out, did a great job of seeing the opportunity, and then he pushed himself down the field five or six yards. That was an outstanding play and the kind of play you need to have to win.”
Perhaps more impressive than the play itself is that Hill knew it had to happen. In order for the Giants to win the game, someone had to force a turnover. And with the Redskins driving and the clock ticking away, he stepped up.
"During the course of this game, [defensive end Justin Tuck] kept saying, ‘We need a turnover – we need to make a turnover. Who’s it going to be? I know it’s going to be somebody.’ Fortunately, it was me today," Hill said.
In addition to the game-ending strip of Garcon, Hill also recorded seven tackle (four solo).
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