The man who blocked Joe Namath’s blind side in Super Bowl III is officially a Hall of Famer.
Winston Hill, who died in 2016 and played 14 seasons with the Jets from 1963 to 1976, was posthumously elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2020. His bust was officially dedicated over the weekend after the coronavirus pandemic canceled last year’s ceremony.
– Professional Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) May 1, 2021
Hill was originally drafted in the 11th round by the NFL Baltimore Colts in 1963, but signed with the AFL Jets as a free agent. He went on to become one of the oldest Jets of all time. Hill played the fifth most games in franchise history and started every Jets game from 1964 to 1975, in which he won eight Pro Bowl nods.
Hill ended his career with the Rams in 1977.
“Our dad, he was amazing. He loved to share stories about his experiences, ”Hill’s daughter Heather Hill said at the ceremony. “But our dad was keenly aware that when you have a big event, and Super Bowl III was a big football-changing event, coupled with a platform, you can change lives. Our father used all platforms. He used his platform: every accolade, every honor he received, every achievement, as a way to inspire people, as a way to uplift people.