Today in Patriots History
For the second time in three days we have a former Patriot that died too young.
In memory of Marquise Hill, who would have been 39 today.
Born August 7, 1982 in New Orleans
Patriot DE, 2004-2006; uniform #91
Pats 2nd round (63rd overall) selection of the 2004 draft, from LSU
Died May 28, 2007 at the age of 24 in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana
Marquise Hill Bio | LSU Sports
June 14, 2004:
The mini camp was nice, it went real well. I got a chance to mingle with the veterans.
Aug 16, 2004:
The latest edition of Rookie Spotlight on Patriots.com caught up with Marquise Hill recently at training camp.
Patriots.com: If you weren't playing football what would you be doing?
Hill: Mortician. My grandmother did it off and on and it was my major in college.
Patriots.com: Cedric Cobbs says you're the biggest talker on the team. Do you have a rebuttal to that?
Hill: Uh…. Yeah I probably am. I'm the "Mouth of the South" so I talk a lot.
Patriots.com: Do you have a favorite Mardi Gras experiences that you can tell us?
Hill: When they start filming "Girls Gone Wild" down there. It was crazy man. That's Sin City. It was ridiculous.
April 24, 2004:
Rookies need to work on a lot of things, so it will be one of those things where I get there and get with the D-Line coaches, I’ll find out.
Q: Because of Coach Saban's close relationship with Coach Belichick, did you have a strong idea that maybe the Patriots would take you?
MH: Not really, but I'm pretty familiar with their system so it was one of the safer moves they could make. I didn't really think about it. I was just twiddling my thumbs, waiting to get picked.
June 22, 2004:
It's that time of the week. PFW answers your questions only on Patriots.com.
Q: I thought I would ask this question since Patriots radio was shortened last week. I wanted to know what you thought Jarvis Green's role would be this year after showing some promise at the end this past year. I also wanted to know what you thought Marquise Hill's role would be this year. Finally, can you give all the readers a first impression you got from mini camp on this years rookies and the players that we didn't see much last year.
PFW: Jarvis Green will continue to see his play time increase. He played about half the snaps last year. He will likely be a regular in sub-packages as an interior pass rusher and then will rotate in on the end in the base 3-4. I have no idea what Hill will do. It's impossible to judge linemen during mini-camp when there are no pads on. Just watching him in some drills, I didn't think he looked very quick. I thought Guss Scott looked decent playing alongside Rodney Harrison with Eugene Wilson out of action. Benjamin Watson and Cedric Cobbs were slowed by injury. I think P.K. Sam made a positive impression. Christian Morton is fast, but I'd say he faces an uphill battle to make the club. I think Tully Banta-Cain is the player with the potential to make the biggest jump forward from last year to this.
Nov 15, 2004:
Winning must be getting boring for Patriots Nation because there was very little to choose from for this week's mailbag. The one theme that seems to be on fan's minds is the offseason with the possibility of losing Scott Pioli, Charlie Weis and Romeo Cr
Q: Has Marquise Hill played at all this year?
PFW: Hill dressed for the opener against Indy but did not play. He's been one of the inactives in every game since.
Dec 14, 2004:
You ask, we answer. Here is this week's installment of Ask PFW with editor Bryan Morry.
Q: Do the Patriots ever play a 4 3 defense? Why did the Patriots sign Marquise Hill with a 2nd round pick? Was he just an insurance policy on Ty Warren or do you think the Pats have plans to move him to LB?
PFW: The Pats play some 4-3 defense in just about every game. They are a multiple front team who mixes and matches personnel. Their base D is a 3-4, but they certainly line up with four linemen at times as well. Hill is a guy they drafted on potential, apparently. I find it strange that a second round pick hasn't even smelled the field, but they drafted him with next year in mind and by all accounts, he came out too early. Belichick certainly had enough info on him since he played for Nick Saban at LSU, but I have to question spending a 2 on a guy with no chance to contribute as a rookie even if he is a defensive lineman. I've heard that he would have been a top 15 pick this year if he stayed in school so take that for what it's worth. P.K. Sam came out too early, but didn't get picked until the 5th round. Perhaps they view Hill as a 2005 first round pick and if they are right I will say I was wrong. But I want my second round picks on the field as rookies. He will never play linebacker. He's a freakin' giant.
Sept 25, 2005:
The Patriots notched another win -- and added to their mystique -- by overcoming a spat of injuries to knock off the Steelers.
The Patriots are scrambling. They entered the game minus injured cornerbacks Randall Gay and Tyrone Poole, who didn't make the trip. Cornerback Duane Starks went down with a sore shoulder on the first play of the game, but he was able to return. Then, bad things started to happen. Strong safety Rodney Harrison suffered what is believed to be a torn ACL midway through the first quarter. Left tackle Matt Light suffered either a fracture near an ankle or an Achilles injury in the second quarter.
Naturally, the Patriots weren't saying how bad the injuries were but they were bad. Defensive end Marquise Hill sustained an injury that forced him to leave the locker room on crutches with a foot in a boot. Yet, instead of panicking, the Patriots generally seem to become more focused when facing such adversity.
Feb 10, 2006:
Led by Richard Seymour, the Patriots have a trio of strong defensive ends. However, there is little depth behind Seymour, Ty Warren and Jarvis Green so the Patriots could add some new faces to this position in the offseason.
Marquise Hill – Hill has been one of the most disappointing draft picks of the Bill Belichick/Scott Pioli era. A second round selection in 2004, Hill has done next to nothing in his two years with the Patriots. He was considered raw coming into the league but Hill hasn't shown the progression the team was hoping to see from him. In only eight games this season, he registered nine tackles and was inactive more than he was on the field. That's not a good sign for Hill. He really needs to step up his game in training camp this year if he expects to be on the roster in 2006. If the Patriots sign a veteran defensive end in free agency or select a young end in the draft, Hill's chances of being in New England next season will become even more remote.
May 28, 2007:
May 30, 2007:
The death of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who fell off a personal watercraft Sunday in Lake Pontchartrain, was ruled an accidental drowning Tuesday.
May 31, 2007:
Marquise Hill used to sit just behind Ty Warren at Patriots meetings. During team drills, they would face each other across the line of scrimmage.
June 5, 2007:
The home of one of Marquise Hill's relatives was burglarized on the same day the late New England Patriots lineman was laid to rest.
The 24-year-old Hill is survived by his mother, Sherry Hill, his fiancee Inell Benn, and his 2-year-old son Mashy.
Most of his Patriots teammates attended his wake last Friday night. Several stayed for his funeral the following day at a church in the city's Uptown neighborhood.
Hill helped relatives rebuild in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He was home for Memorial Day weekend when he and a woman friend went for a ride on a personal watercraft without life vests, and they fell into the water.
The woman survived, but Hill drowned in an area of swirling currents. The Orleans Parish coroner said Hill may have had a concussion that left him disoriented.
Oct 12, 2007:
One blue practice jersey numbered "91" hangs in the Patriots locker room. Placed upon the top shelf of Marquise Hill's locker, purple shoulder pads with gold trim look ready to be pulled on at any moment.
"He just wanted to make you laugh all the time," Patriots cornerback Randall Gay said about fallen friend and teammate Marquise Hill. "That was his goal in life, to make friends and to lift your spirits up if you were having a down day. Now that Marquise is not here, it's tough to find somebody because you don't have that anymore. There's nobody else in this locker room really that could ever replace that personality that he had."