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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Harlon Hill

City of Florence Walk of Honor

 
 
Harlon Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 13, 2009
1. Harlon Hill Marker
Inscription.
The NFL Rookie of the Year (1954) and MVP (1955), Harlon Hill starred with the Chicago Bears. The Harlon Hill Trophy is presented annually to the NCAA Division II Football Player of the Year.
 
Erected 2007 by City of Florence.
 
Location. 34° 48.395′ N, 87° 37.884′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker can be reached from Hightower Place south of Veterans Drive (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located in River Heritage Park. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Christopher Handy (here, next to this marker); William D. "Buddy" Killen (here, next to this marker); Edward Asbury O'Neal, III (here, next to this marker); Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals (here, next to this marker); Caroline Lee Hentz (here, next to this marker); Thomas Sigismund Stribling (here, next to this marker); Justice John A. McKinley (here, next to this marker); Dr. Ethelbert Brinkley Norton (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harlon Hill. Harlon Junius Hill (born May
Walk of Honor River Heritage Park image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, March 22, 2010
2. Walk of Honor River Heritage Park
4, 1932 in Killen, Alabama) was a standout player as an offensive end at Florence State Teachers College, now known as the University of North Alabama, being named an NAIA All-American in his senior year (1953). He later had a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Chicago Bears (1954-1961), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1962), and the Detroit Lions (1962). Hill was the NFL’s rookie of the year in 1954, its most valuable player in 1955, and a three-time All-Pro selection (1954-1956). He is the namesake of the Harlon Hill Trophy. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Harlon Hill Trophy. Who is Harlon Hill? (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

3. All -Time Players. Harlon Hill Height: 6-3 Weight: 199 Age: 77 Born: 5/4/1932 Florence , AL College: North Alabama Experience: 9 Seasons (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

4. Legends of the Fall. University of North Alabama 50th Anniversary Football Team Harlon Hill 4 picture to right top row page 127 (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Sports
 
Harlon Hill Plaque -Birmingham at Sports Hall of Fame. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 13, 2010
3. Harlon Hill Plaque -Birmingham at Sports Hall of Fame.
“One of football’s all-time pass receivers ... Born near Florence, Ala. ... Played collegiately at Florence State ... Chicago Bears drafted him low-round but Hill proved sensation ... Rookie of Year in NFL in 1954 ... 4-times all NFL ... Won Jim Thorpe Trophy in 1955–scored 4 touchdowns once in one game on 47-21-11 and 66 yd. receptions, caught two TD passes in final minute against N.Y. Giants to set-up Bears championship ... His 226 receptions were for 4,616 yds., a fantastic 20.4 yds. per catch average ... Elected to Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 1976.”
 
 
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