ST. LOUIS -- Shaun Hill is about as laid back as any quarterback in the league. Nothing fancy about the native of Parsons, Kansas (pop. 11,500).
He was a three time all-state basketball player in high school, but wasn’t recruited by any Division One football schools. He went to a junior college, then transferred to the University of Maryland and started his senior year. He wasn’t drafted out of college.
But here he is now, in his 13th season in the NFL and looking very comfortable while leading the Rams to a major upset victory over the Denver Broncos.
“Comfortable?” Hill said. “Comfortable is not something I’ve had the luxury of having in the NFL, that’s just kind of how my career has gone. I think I’m probably best in that role, not exactly comfortable, to be honest.”
“That’s the Shaun Hill that we expected to see,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’re going to ride him now.”
Hill hadn’t played since being injured in the first half of the season opener. He didn’t complain after losing his job to Austin Davis, and despite limited work, has the confidence of his teammates.
“Shaun is a confident guy and everyone feeds off him,” said running back Tre Mason. “We’ve seen him go to work, and we’re behind him 100 percent.”
“He trusts me and the other wide receivers,” said Kenny Britt. “He throws the ball, we go get it.”
Hill completed 22 of 29 passes against the Broncos. One of them was a 63 yard touchdown bomb to Britt, and it helped Hill get his first victory as a starting quarterback since 2010.
Hill said, “I came over to the sidelines and told the guys ‘Look, I understand you’re supposed to act like you’ve been there before, but it’s been a long time’. So I did get a little excited.”
Sunday in San Diego, Hill will get a second straight start. That’s something else he hasn’t done in more than four years.