Former football standout gets massive pay day

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Peter Holland Jr./ Contributing Writer


It was four years ago when T.Y. Hilton was selected 92nd overall by the Indianapolis Colts. Four years later, after starting every game and being selected to the pro bowl, the Miami native has signed a five year $65 million contract with an $11 million guarantee from the Colts.

T.Y. Hilton was a two star receiver coming out of Miami Springs High School. He committed to FIU and played under former head coach Mario Cristobal on Feb 6, 2008. He had set school records  for most catches (229), receiving yards (3,531) and career receiving touchdowns (24). He made first-team All-Sun Belt and was voted Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2008.

After finishing FIU, Hilton impressed NFL scouts when he was listed at 5’10 183 pounds with a 4.3 speed. He got drafted in the third round by the Indianapolis Colts. So far in his NFL career as a Colt, he has 214 receptions, 3,289 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Last season he was selected to the pro bowl for the first time in his career. He was ranked number 35 in the NFL Top 100 , which was voted by his peers.

Now that T.Y. Hilton is claimed, he and the Colts are preparing for the 2015 NFL season. After just missing the Super Bowl last year, the Colts are projected to make another playoff run. Their first game is on Thursday, Sept. 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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