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HILL, MADRE - Football

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HILL, MADRE – Football – University of Arkansas – Fayetteville – 1994-98: At Malvern High School, Hill rushed for a then-state record of 6,010 yards and 68 touchdowns. As a senior, he ran for a state record 2,863 yards and led Malvern to a 1993 State Championship. Madre was named Reebok National HS Player of the Year, All-American by USA Today and Blue Chip Illustrated, Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year for Arkansas and selected All-State and All-District three times. Madre played for the Razorbacks from 1994-98 missing the 1996-97 seasons due to an ACL tear. As a freshman in 1995, Hill was named 1st team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) by the SEC coaches and the Associated press, setting single game school records of 45 rushing attempts against Auburn and 6 rushing touchdowns against South Carolina, and at the time the school's single season for rushing yards (1,387) rushing attempts (307), scored 15 touchdowns. He also tied the school record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against LSU. In 1995 he helped lead the Razorbacks to their first SEC Championship Game appearance. In 1998, under Coach Houston Nutt’s first year, he helped the Razorbacks to a first-place tie for the SEC West division. For a career, Madre ranks 1st in single game rushing attempts against Auburn (45 attempts 186 yards, 1 TD), 2nd in season rushing attempts (307, 1,387 yards, 15 TD’s), and 7th in career rushing attempts (541, 2,407 yards, 25 TD’s). He also ranks 4th in season rushing yards (307 rushes, 1,387 yards, 15 TD’s) and 10th in career rushing yards (541 rushes, 2,407 yards, 25 TD’s). In rushing TD’s, Madre is still ranked 1st in single game rushing TD’s with 6 against South Carolina. For a season, he is tied at 6th for rushing TD’s (15), and for a career is tied at 7th (25). He is also tied for 6th for season 100-yard rushing games (6) and tied 11th for career (8). Madre was selected to the Arkansas All-Decade Team and in 2015 was named by the SEC as one of fifteen SEC Football Legends and honored with the rest of the class before the 2015 SEC Championship Game. In the 1999 NFL draft, Madre was drafted by the Cleveland Browns as the first pick in the 7th round. In his two seasons with the Browns, he returned 8 kicks for 137 yards. He played with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe in 2001, was their leading rusher and helped his team win the World Bowl IX that season. Madre signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers in 2001. His final professional season was in 2002 with the Oakland Raiders, who advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII.

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