FOUR BITS: Hill, Parsons, Pro Bowl, Haden

By Adam Silverstein
January 28, 2015

1 » For the second time in the last 14 months, former Florida Gators safety Will Hill is a wanted man. According to The Baltimore Sun, a warrant is out for Hill’s arrest in his home state of New Jersey as he allegedly owes $16,588.18 in back-due child support. Hill, then a member of the New York Giants, was arrested on the same charge in Dec. 2013. After not being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, he spent an entire season out of the league while he tried to clean up his act and was picked up by the Giants in 2012; he remained on the team for two seasons despite being suspended twice for violating NFL drug policies. New York stood by him after his 2013 arrest but cut him on June 2, 2014, four days after the league handed down a third drug suspension. The Baltimore Ravens took a shot on Hill, who once again claimed to be reformed, and it paid off. Hill missed the first six games of the 2014 season but started most of the Ravens’ remaining contests, earning $368,824 for the duration of the campaign. For his career, Hill has made $1.03 million but lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to his three suspensions (14 missed games). His one-year deal with Baltimore expired; whether he gets another opportunity in the NFL remains to be seen.

“Will Hill, he has a lot of talent,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh in his last press conference of the season. “It’s something that we always knew. He also has a great love for the game. He learned our defense throughout the course of the season, which it’s not easy to do that. We have a tough defense. We do a lot of good stuff back there. But he was running the show pretty well back there toward the end of the year.”

2 » Former Gators forward Chandler Parsons has played well for the Dallas Mavericks, though the his first half of the season has not taken another step beyond what he did the last two years. Nevertheless, Parsons is averaging 15.5 points and 4.6 rebounds for Dallas, and he’s getting along quite well with his teammates…well, at least it seems that way.

3 » Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (Team Michael Irvin) and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (Team Chris Carter) all participated in the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday, with Haden serving as a captain in the game and helping lead his team to a come-from-behind 32-28 victory. Here are the Pouncey brothers playing catch before the game:

4 » On Tuesday, Haden became the first NFL player to ever be named a Special Olympics Golden Ambassador. According to the Browns’ website, Haden has attended the Special Olympics often since he was seven years old, when “he watched his brother Jacob run sprints and play bocce ball” every year. “Seeing those kids being out there just enjoying life, being so free-spirited, it really touched me,” Haden said. “it just shows why I want to be involved and show those kids I’m out there, too, and I’m playing for y’all. It really means something to me and my little brother being a part of it. It’s something special.”

Extra BIT » Former Gators jumper Shara Proctor, who competes for Great Britain in international competition and was on the cusp of being an Olympian, found herself in Tallahassee, Florida, over the weekend and snapped this photo:

A photo posted by Shara proctor (@sharaproctor) on

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