WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Former Monmouth football player Matt Hill (Hopatcong, N.J./Hopatcong) became the first Hawk to sign a professional contract with a team from Canadian Football League, when the Calgary Stampeders offered the safety a two-year contract recently.
Hill signed with the Stampeders after the club offered him a two year contract on New Years Eve. The Stampeders have the option to keep the 2006 First Team All-NEC safety on the roster for the 2009 season, but there is a two-month period when he can work out for NFL teams. Hill ended his career with 265 tackles and nine interceptions, which ranks fourth and third all-time at Monmouth. After leading the Hawks in takedowns as a senior, Hill was named Sports Network Mid-Major All-American and First Team All-Northeast Region.
“There was a time I just wanted to play football professionally anywhere,? said Hill. “When I got the call [from his agent on New Years Eve] it was probably the happiest I have been in my life. The CFL is pretty much the second highest level of professional football and I just want an opportunity to showcase my skills at the professional level.?
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