Tyreek Hill Comments on Chiefs Fans' Criticism of Draft Selection

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 8, 2016

Oklahoma State's Tyreek Hill is pictured in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Texas won 28-7. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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New Kansas City Chiefs running back Tyreek Hill is trying to move on.

Hill, the Chiefs' fifth-round pick from this year's NFL draft out of Oklahoma State, has been on probation since August for a domestic violence incident that occurred in December 2014, and he's well aware of the criticism from Chiefs fans toward him.  

"Those guys, those fans, they have every right to be mad at me,'' Hill said, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.

Hill was charged with domestic violence and sentenced to three years probation after punching and choking his then-eight-week-pregnant girlfriend. He was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football and track programs following his arrest.

"I did something wrong. I just let my emotions get the best of me, and I shouldn't have [done] it," Hill said, per Teicher. "They have every right to be mad. But guess what? I [plan] to come back and be a better man and be a better citizen and everything will take care of itself.''

A local Kansas City radio station began a fundraiser for a shelter to benefit abused women and children in response to the Chiefs' selection of Hill, according to Teicher.

Hill played two years at Garden City Community College before signing with Oklahoma State in 2014. In his lone year with the Cowboys in 2014, he recorded 1,811 all-purpose yards and was 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards per game.

After being dismissed from Oklahoma State, Hill played his senior year at West Alabama, recording 1,403 all-purpose yards and scoring eight touchdowns.

"Going forward, I just want people to know that I'm a hardworking kid, dedicated to what he does and really a good citizen, a good teammate and like I said, a good, hard worker who's trying to help the team out," Hill said, per Teicher.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told Teicher that Hill's counseling for anger management was a big reason why Kansas City felt the need to take a chance on him.

"The young man is trying to do the right things, whether it's with counseling, whatever it is,'' Reid said, per Teicher. "He's trying to do the right things to better himself. A lot of guys don't try to right the wrong. I give the kid credit for doing that. He's really working hard at that."

At 22 years old, Hill is saying the right things that indicate he's trying to turn the corner in his life. He has the chance to be a valuable asset to the Chiefs if he can stay out of trouble, and he'll benefit from having a longtime coach in Reid to help him.

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.


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