The Florida Tarpons of the AAL have made a huge addition with wide receiver Joe Hills.
Hills played college football for the South Carolina Gamecocks for two seasons. He then transferred to Tennessee State after the 2008 season, where in 2009, he played in 11 games and started nine, garnering 39 catches for 528 yards and three touchdowns. For his senior season in 2010, he started all 11 games and put together 40 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns.
Hills went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was picked up by the Tennessee Titans, but hurt his ankle during camp, resulting in being cut on September 4, 2011. He then went on to sign with the Spokane Shock of the AFL in 2012, where he recorded 14 catches for 134 yards and one touchdown. But, he finished the 2012 season with the Tampa Bay Storm where he pulled in 39 catches for 648 yards and 13 touchdowns. He returned to the Storm in 2013, where he put up huge numbers with 133 catches for 1,869 yards and 42 touchdowns. This led to him receiving 1st Team All Arena honors. He also attended mini camp for the Carolina Panthers in 2013. In 2014, he put up big time numbers again with 100 receptions, 1,252 yards, and 38 touchdowns. Hills signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL on August 12, 2014, but he was released on August 29, 2014. He then signed to the Pittsburgh Power on September 25, 2014, but they later folded in November, the same year. Then, Hills broke out again. He signed with the Jacksonville Sharks on December 30, 2014. In his first season with the Sharks, he put up 150 catches for 1,607 yards and 42 touchdowns. Hills was named 2nd Team All Arena in 2015. He was reassigned to play for the Sharks again in 2016, where he had a magic season, putting together 161 receptions to gain 2,020 receiving yards and 58 touchdowns. He earned Receiver of the Year honors, as well as the 2016 Arena Football League Offensive Player of the Year Award, along with being named Cutters Receiver of the Year. In 2016, Hills was selected second overall in the 2016 Draft of the China Arena Football League, where he was selected by the Dalian Dragon Kings, but he did not play for them. On January 9, 2017, Hills was assigned to the Tampa Bay Storm once again. He caught 129 passes for the Storm, gathering 1,353 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns. Hills also signed with the Jacksonville Sharks of the NAL on June 22, 2017.
This is a huge addition for the Florida Tarpons. Joe Hills will be catching passes from veteran quarterback Chris Wallace. With the anchored offensive line they have, and the talented defense as well, expect this team to be in the playoffs. Don't expect Joe "Superman" Hills to find his Kryptonite just yet, folks.