T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts #13

Indianapolis Colts #13

Eugene Marquis ‘T.Y.’ Hilton was born on 14th November 1989, in Miami, Florida.

He played his college football with Florida International University, representing the Panthers.

In his freshman year, he became the first player at the school to score touchdowns in five different ways – seven receiving, two rushing, one passing, one punt return and one kick off return. He also set FIU single-season records for – Total receiving yards with 41 receptions for 1,013 yards – average yards per reception (24.7) and all-purpose yards (2,162).

In his senior year, T.Y. set a school record 283 all-purpose yards in a single game against North Texas Mean Green and a week later beat his own school record with seven receptions for 201 yards, which included a 74 and 83-yard touchdowns. In total Hilton holds seven school football records.

He entered the 2012 NFL Draft and was selected as the 92nd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts, where he was used primarily as a a punt and kick returner in his rookie season.

He began the following season as the third choice wide receiver. He had a career-high yardage day against the highly-rated Seattle defence in Game Week 5, scoring 140 yards from five receptions including two touchdowns, one of which was a 73 yarder. By Game Week 7, Hilton was considered the number one wide receiver and by the end of the season he had chalked up 1,083 receiving yards with five touchdowns.

In 2014 he set a new career-high 223 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans and was just one yard short of a franchise record. He finished the season with a career-high 1,345 yards and was selected for his first of four consecutive Pro Bowls.

By the end of the 2019 season, T.Y. Hilton had amassed a total of 8,598 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns in regular-season games plus a further 749 yards and three touchdowns from the post-season. He was the NFL’ leader in receiving yards in the 2016 season with 1,448, becoming the fifth Colt in franchise history to do so.