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FRANKFURT, Germany — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill expresses gratitude for his time with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, as he prepares to face his former team this weekend, he asserts that he doesn’t experience any additional emotions leading up to the game.
Hill spent the first six years of his career with the Chiefs before being traded to the Dolphins. Although the game takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, instead of the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, Hill emphasizes that the location is inconsequential compared to the outcome.
“It doesn’t matter where we play,” he says with a smile. “While it would have been great to play in K.C., the location doesn’t affect the outcome. They will ‘get this work’ no matter where.”
Hill’s reunion with the Chiefs coincides with his recent appointment as the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for October. With 1,014 receiving yards, he currently leads the league in this category and is on track to become the first receiver in NFL history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a season.
Since his trade last March, Hill has accumulated the most receiving yards and catches among all players. In his first season with the Dolphins, he achieved a career high of 1,710 yards. Although he didn’t initially desire to leave Kansas City, he sought to be recognized as the best wide receiver in the league. Consequently, Miami made him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history after completing the trade.
“I’m actually glad the trade happened,” Hill shares. “I am in a great situation now with amazing teammates. Miami holds a special place for my family, and I accomplished one of my goals by becoming one of the highest-paid players in the league. Everything is going well, and I appreciate everything. Life is great, and I always focus on moving forward.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is renowned for his ability to make plays off-script. Since 2018, he leads all active players in passing yards (16,187), passing touchdowns (121), and quarterback rating (69.4) when his time to throw exceeds 2.5 seconds.
Hill offers crucial advice to his Dolphins defensive teammates when plays break down and Mahomes starts to scramble: find Travis Kelce.
Since 2018, Kelce has the most receptions on passes that take longer than 2.5 seconds to attempt.
“What I’ve been telling the guys is to just find Kelce,” reveals Hill. “If you allow Kelce to get open, he becomes the energy of the team. Even though Pat is exceptional, if he finds Kelce and Kelce catches a short pass, that ignites the team.”
Hill eagerly awaits seeing Mahomes, Kelce, and his other former teammates, expecting plenty of back-and-forth banter throughout the game.
But he’s not complaining.
“There will be trash talk, but it’s all in good fun,” he shares. “It’s like, ‘I want to see you do well, but we’re going to dominate you at the same time.’ It’ll feel like backyard football with your brothers.”
Hill achieved three All-Pro team selections and six straight Pro Bowl appearances during his time with the Chiefs. He attributes his current success to the experience.
“Looking back, I was just a young guy trying to find myself in the league,” he reflects. “I had the opportunity to learn from many players and mature quickly because I stepped into a receiver role. It was a lot, but I embraced it without hesitation.
“I had the trust of the coaching staff, and I cherished every moment. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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