WR Ike Hilliard signs with Giants, retires

Former Florida Gators star and 12-year NFL veteran wide receiver Ike Hilliard will retire from football Friday after signing a one-day contract with the New York Giants.

The No. 7 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, Hilliard racked up 546 receptions for 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns over his professional career while playing eight seasons for the Giants and four for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He last stepped on the NFL gridiron in 2008 and has since been working as a wide receivers coach with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL.

At Florida, Hilliard was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and consensus first-team All-American in 1996, the year the Gators won their first National Championship. He was only at the University Florida for three seasons, declaring for the draft as a junior after collecting 126 receptions for 2,214 yards and 29 touchdowns.

His 2,214 career yards are good for seventh-most in team history, while his 29 career scores rank him second overall. Hilliard also holds the UF record for most receiving touchdowns in a single game (four vs. Tennessee in 1995).

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7 Responses to “WR Ike Hilliard signs with Giants, retires”

  1. SC Gator says:

    And that, ladies and gents, is how you make defenders look foolish.

  2. jason says:

    “His 2,214 career yards are good for seventh-most in team history, while his 29 career scores rank him second overall. Hilliard holds the UF record for most touchdowns in a single game (four vs. Tennessee in 1995).”

    Most receiving touchdowns?

  3. Yes Jason. Updated. Thanks for the heads-up.

  4. jason says:

    Not a problem. Glad my brain was good for something.

    I will never forget Freddy T vs.SOW in 97′. WOW!

  5. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Love the stop & pop….clearly a top 10 on my all time Gator plays!!!!

  6. Daniel M. says:

    Doubt I will ever tire of watching that clip. It was icing on an ass whipping cake. Thanks for the memories Ike.

  7. BosGator says:

    That play in the NC Game is the most stunningly athletic play I can remember as a Gator. (I’m too young to have memories of pre-Spurrier)
    There are tons of other memorable plays that were important (the FG block against USC(east) for example), but I have been able to picture that stop and go move in my head ever since ’96 and it is what I see every time I think of Hilliard.

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