NFL CAREER – Tony Hills, a seven-year NFL veteran, adds depth at the tackle position for New Orleans.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans Saints, 10/7/15; Released from practice squad by Baltimore Ravens, 9/21/15; Signed by Baltimore to practice squad, 9/16/15; Released by Carolina Panthers, 8/30/15; Signed by Carolina, 7/28/15; Signed by Dallas Cowboys to active roster off of Miami Dolphins practice squad, 10/15/14; Signed by Miami to practice squad, 9/1/14; Released by Miami, 8/30/14; Signed by Miami, 7/28/14; Released by Oakland Raiders, 8/31/13; Signed by Oakland, 8/20/13; Released by Buffalo Bills, 8/18/13; Signed by Buffalo, 7/28/13; Signed by Indianapolis Colts to active roster off practice squad, 10/6/12; Signed to practice squad by Indianapolis, 9/18/12; Released by Denver Broncos, 8/31/12; Signed by Denver, 9/8/11; Waived by Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/3/11; Re-signed by Pittsburgh to a one-year contract, 7/25/11; Signed by Pittsburgh to a three-year contract, 7/7/08; Selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
2015 – Spent one week on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad before being released. 2014 – Played in three regular season games and one postseason contest for the Dallas Cowboys as a backup offensive lineman after being signed off of Miami practice squad. 2013 – After going to training camp with both the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, spent regular season out of football. 2012 – Played in six games with one start as a blocking tight end for the Indianapolis Colts. 2011 – Appeared in one postseason contest for Denver as a reserve. 2010 – Played in four regular season games and one postseason contest for Pittsburgh. 2009 – Played in one game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 2008 – Was inactive for all 16 regular season games and all three postseason games.
COLLEGE – In 24 games started at left tackle for the University of Texas, graded 83.2 percent for blocking consistency on 1,681 snaps...Majored in liberal arts...Earned All-American first-team honors from the Walter Camp Foundation as a senior in 2007...Member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists...All-Big Twelve Conference first-team pick by the league’s coaches and media...Voted a team captain and named to the American Airlines D.X. Bible Most Team Spirited squad...Selected UT’s Outstanding Offensive Linemen and received the D. Harold Byrd Leadership Award...Dr. Nasser Al-Rashid Strength & Conditioning Award recipient...Started the team’s first 11 games at left tackle, grading 84.8 percent for blocking consistency, as he delivered 68 knockdowns with 10 TD-resulting blocks, as he allowed just one quarterback sack and three pressures...All-Big 12 honorable mention as a junior in 2006…Earned a spot on ESPN’s All-Mayday Team for being one of college football’s “Toughest of the Tough”...Recipient of the team’s Most Improved Offensive Player Award...Started all 13 games at LT, grading 81.9 percent with 63 knockdowns and seven TD-resulting blocks...Led way as team gained 162.6 rushing yards per game (34th in NCAA), 391.5 total yards per game (23rd) and 35.9 points per game (seventh)...Played in 11 games as the top reserve at LT as a sophomore in 2005...Part of a line that helped Texas rank first in nation in scoring offense (50.2 ppg.), second in rushing (274.9 ypg.) and third in total offense (512.1 ypg.)...Appeared in seven games on offense and special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2004...Competed for playing time as the primary backup at LT...Helped the offensive line clear the way for Texas to rank second in the nation in rushing (299.2 ypg.), seventh in total offense (464.4 ypg.) and 18th in scoring (35.3 ppg.)...Texas’ 3,590 rushing yards is the third-highest single-season total in school history...Was granted a medical hardship as a freshman, spending the season recovering from 2003 knee surgery.
PERSONAL – Attended Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas) HS...Three-year starter as a tight end...Twice earned All-Greater Houston and All-District honors...Parade All-America selection who added Class 5A third-team All-State recognition as a senior...Second-team all-state choice during his junior campaign...Averaged 17.9 yards on 28 receptions his final two seasons...As a senior, caught 15 passes for 275 yards for a team that reached the 5A Division I semifinals, but sustained a serious left knee injury in the first half of that contest...Totaled 13 receptions for 227 yards and a touchdown as a junior...Before giving up basketball prior to his freshman year, had earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National team...Active in UT’s Community service program, where he regularly visited patients at the Austin Children’s Hospital...Participated in the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon as a phone operator...Active in Houston community service projects through his church and performed volunteer work with children...Son of Mary Lemons and Michael Hills...Full name: Anthony Tramaine Hills.
New Orleans Saints Tackle Tony Hills met with media Wednesday, Oct. 21 and talked about his performance vs the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday Night. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)