John Hilton (John Hilton)

John Hilton

John Hilton (March 12, 1942 – February 2, 2017) was a tight end in the National Football League who played from 1965 to 1973 for four teams, most notably the Pittsburgh Steelers (1965-1969). He played college football for the University of Richmond. He prepared for college by attending Fork Union Military Academy as a postgraduate in the 1959-1960 academic year where he played football and basketball. He was selected in the 6th Round (76th overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, but did not play for them before making his NFL debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1965. He next played with the Green Bay Packers (1970) and Minnesota Vikings (1971), before returning to the Lions to play his last two years in the NFL (1972-1973). He went on to finish his career with the Florida Blazers of the WFL in 1974 after which Hilton moved into coaching. During his NFL career, he made 144 receptions for 2,047 yards and 16 touchdowns. After retiring, he went into coaching and coached on the staffs of Chicago, Washington, and Green Bay of the NFL for seven seasons. In 2008, John Hilton was announced as an inductee to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, joining fellow alumni from Fork Union, Sonny Randle and Rosie Thomas. He developed Alzheimer’s disease and was in a period of declining health when he died after a fall on February 2, 2017.

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  • March, 12, 1942
  • USA
  • Albany, New York


  • February, 02, 2017
  • USA
  • Richmond, Virginia

Cause of Death

  • accidental fall

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