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Hill To Receive McLendon Honor

Hill To Receive McLendon Honor

Former Yale Star Gets Hall of Fame Status

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Calvin Hill ’69, the legendary Yale football and National Football League star, will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NFL representative on June 27 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.  

Hill, who has been a consultant to Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys Football Club since 1997, is also a principal in Hill Family Advisors where he oversees his family’s assets and investments. Hill was appointed Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles in November 1987. He initially joined the Orioles in July 1987, when Edward Bennett Williams appointed him to the Board of Directors. In the late 1990s, Hill served as a member of the Board of the San Diego Padres.

Hill was also a consultant to the Mental Health Management, Inc. of McLean, Virginia, a company specializing in the treatment of psychiatric problems and chemical abuse, and a consultant with Fleet Financial Services of Providence, Rhode Island. Additionally, he was a consultant to Alexander & Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. corporate consulting firm. As a consultant with the Cleveland Browns, he helped form a group of Cleveland Brown’s players to control and eliminate drug and alcohol-related problems. 

Born in Baltimore, Hill was an All-America running back at Yale before being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He earned NFL Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors that year, a first for the Cowboys.

Other Hill honors include Texas Pro Athlete of the Year in 1970, Miami Touchdown Club 1969 NFL Player of the Year, a member of the Dallas Cowboys All–Time Team, and a member of the Maryland and Connecticut Athletics Halls of Fame. 

In 1994, Hill received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and in 1998 he received the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Man of the Year Award.  In 2001, he received the George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale, and was most recently the recipient of the Doak Walker Legends Award. 

Hill has served on a number of civic community and academic affairs boards, including the Yale University Council (1984-1988) and the Board of the Cuyahoga County Hospital Foundation in Cleveland.  He was also a member of the Rand Corporation Drug Policy and Research Center, the NCAA Foundation, and the Duke Divinity School.

To purchase tables and/or tickets to the June 27 reception in Dallas, please contact Bret Krift ( or 859-226-4406).

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit