Lions' Shaun Hill's dad dies after a fall at QB's home
Jan 31, 2011 | 13Comments
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By DAVE BIRKETT
Detroit Free Press Sports WriterFiled Under
Ted Hill, the father of Lions quarterback Shaun Hill, died Saturday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., hospital spokesman Mike Peters said Sunday night.
An obituary on the Carson-Wall Funeral Services Web site said Hill died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday after an accidental fall. Friends said the accident occurred when Ted was helping Shaun work on a barn at Shaun's home at the Lake of the Ozarks.
"I talked to Shaun, I texted Shaun (Saturday) night," said Don Barcus, who coached football with Ted at Parsons (Kan.) High and will be a pallbearer for Thursday's funeral. "Shaun texted me back and said my dad is the greatest person in the world. They had a very close relationship -- he did with both his sons."
Shaun Hill played football and basketball for his father at Parsons High, where he started three seasons at quarterback and led the Vikings to back-to-back state tournament appearances in basketball.
Hill, 31, started 10 games and passed for a career-high 2,686 yards for the Lions this past season, his first in Detroit.
Ted Hill, 60, was an assistant football coach, the boys and girls basketball coach, athletic director and later principal at Parsons High.
"Just a very humble and generous man, that's the best way to describe him," said Steve Lardy, play-by-play voice of Parsons. "And it's reflected in his son. Shaun's his dad's kid. They're identical.
"Very humble, very active in the community. Shaun comes back here every year and gives a lot of his time to kids in the community, and Ted was that way, too. Very humble. You'd never know Shaun played in the NFL -- you wouldn't -- and he's been that way ever since he left town."