The AFC Wildcard match-up between AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, was certainly full of controversial and unforgettable moments. The latter team ended up losing the game on a late field goal thanks to two personal foul calls that put them in range for the game-winning kick, but the drive was set up by a Jeremy Hill fumble.
Hill’s fumble came at a crucial time where the Bengals could run out the clock and win their first playoff game since 1990. It was certainly a tough experience for the now third-year veteran, but he doesn’t want to let the play hurt his career going forward.
“I’ve overcome some tough obstacles in my life, and that play, as big as it is, and as big as that moment was for our city and our team, that’s not the hardest thing I’ve had to go through in my life,” Hill told ESPN.com. “It’s just adversity in my career, and I can let that play define me, or I can move past it and be the player this organization and this team knows I can be.”
In his first two years in the NFL, Jeremy Hill has rushed for 1,918 yards and 20 touchdowns, including a league-leading 11 in 2015. The Bengals have not lost much going into the 2016 season, so Hill will likely get plenty of chances to redeem himself.
Let’s just hope his defense does not give the game away next time.
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