|Age/Date of Birth:||31 years old (August 23, 1990)|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Wife or Girlfriend:||Emily Nixon (m. 2014)|
|Parents:||Doug and Natalie Hill|
When life gives you lemons, then you should make lemonades out of it. One person who appears to be doing exactly that is Taysom Hill, a multi-talented football Star who plies his trade with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Despite going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, following an injury-filled college career, Hill has managed to wangle his way into the league and is now one of the major playmakers in the Saints’ team. He has also mesmerized many with his versatility and this has made some pundits dub him “the do-everything quarterback”.
Taysom Hill was An All-Star Player in High School
Taysom Shawn Hill was born on August 23, 1990, in Pocatello, Idaho, in the United States. He was born to American parents, Doug and Natalie Hill, and is named after the Taysom Rotary Park situated in his hometown of Idaho. Hill was raised along with his three brothers – Celeste, Dexter, and Jordan Hill. He sadly lost his older brother, Dexter, to a brief illness in March 2016. This loss affected the NFL player so much as it was Dexter who mentored him in the game of football.
During his days at Highland High School, Taysom Hill competed in football, basketball, and track events. He excelled at all three but it was his exploits in football that was most spectacular. In his senior year alone, the young man threw for 2,269 passing yards with 18 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,491 yards, recording 24 touchdowns. This outstanding performance fetched him several accolades, including All-Idaho, All-Conference, All-Region, and Gatorade Player of the Year Awards. It also brought him scholarship offers from several colleges.
His College Career was Plagued with Injuries
Upon graduation in 2009, Taysom Hill received offers from as many as seven universities that wanted him to come and play for them. The young man, who is an ardent Christian, as well as a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, made the unselfish decision to dedicate some years to helping others. He, therefore, left these lucrative offers and spent the next three years (2009 – 2011) as a missionary in Australia.
Upon his return to the United States in 2011, Hill commenced his college football career at Brigham Young University. He was, however, plagued by injuries throughout his time there, and this elongated his college stay to five years. In his freshman season in 2012, Hill was made the second-string quarterback. He incurred a knee injury, after making just six appearances, and this ruled him out for the rest of the season.
As a sophomore in 2013, Hill became the starting quarterback for his team. He then suffered a leg injury, and this ended his season prematurely again. Upon recovery from his leg injury, a determined he returned to the football field with high hopes for the 2015 season. These hopes were sadly dashed as he sustained another foot injury, during the season-opener against Nebraska, which kept him away for the whole of the 2015 season.
This sad pattern also repeated in 2016 as Hill’s college career was brought to an end by a hyper-extended elbow injury. It is instructive to note that despite all his injury woes, the Idaho-native managed to record an impressive 6,929 passing yards, 42 touchdown passes, 2815 rushing yards, and 32 rushing touchdowns.
From Undrafted to One of NFL’s Most Unique Players
Coming from his injury-plagued collegiate career, Taysom Hill was not invited for the NFL draft combine drills. He subsequently went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft and was thereafter picked by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted agent. Hill featured in the Packers’ preseason games and made 14 passes with two touchdowns. He was later dropped by the franchise before the beginning of the 2017 season.
Shortly after being dropped by the Packers, Taysom was recruited by the New Orleans Saints in September 2017. The Saints subsequently promoted him to their active rooster three months later, and he has gone on to repay this show of faith. The Idaho native featured in about 37 games and totaled 119 passing yards, 352 rushing yards, and 238 receiving yards that season.
What makes Taysom Hill stand out is that he is a versatile player who can fit into different positions such as quarterback, tight end, running back, wide receiver, and halfback. Hill’s multipurpose nature has earned him accolades from several sports pundits, with many running out of superlatives with which to describe him. He has also inspired a trend in the NFL as many teams are now hunting for players who would fulfill a similar role for them.
His Salary and Net Worth
In his very first year in the NFL, Taysom Hill earned a salary of $465,000, plus an additional $5000 as a signing bonus in 2017. The following year 2018 saw him record significant improvement as he was paid $555,000 by the New Orleans Saints. This pattern of the steady increase was also repeated in the year 2019 as the quarterback made about $645,000 in salary.
It, therefore, means that Hill made about $1.6 million in career earnings since joining the NFL in 2017. Meanwhile, Hill’s total net worth is still under review, but it is safe to say that it would be on an upward trajectory. This is because the quarterback was placed on a first-round tender by his team in March 2020. Under the terms of the deal, Hill would receive a contract that would pay him not less than $4.6 million each season.
Hill penned yet another contract extension with the Saints in April 2020. This new contract, which would last till the end 2021 season, would see the player earn as much as $21 million, with $16 million guaranteed. The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus, $16 million guaranteed money, and an annual salary of $16.3 million. Taysom would also earn a base salary of $10.7 million and a roster bonus of $1.4 million. With this new contract, Hill becomes the second-highest-paid backup in the league after Colts Quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who earns $15 million annually.
Hill Makes Bank Through His Other Endeavors Outside Football
While his major source of income is his football career, Taysom Hill also makes money from his other endeavors outside football. For instance, the Saints star currently unveiled his merchandise business partnership with Truwear, a workwear company. He also has endorsement deals with other notable brands like Snickers, and BedJet. More so, he has appeared on various TV commercials for ESPN, iSport.TV, and other networks. Through all these endeavors, the Saints star must have made a mouth-watering amount. However, his earnings are currently under the radar.
Taysom Hill is Happily Married to Emily Nixon
Like his blossoming NFL career, Taysom Hill is also enjoying blissful family life. He is happily married to his college sweetheart, Emily Nixon. Let’s meet his wife below:
- Date of Birth: July 20, 1992
- Hometown: College Station, Texas, United States
- Occupation: Accountant at Chatbooks
- Married: 2014
Taysom Hill’s wife, Emily is a native of College Station, Texas. She was born in the city on July 20, 1992, to Laura Newman Nixon and Clair Nixon. One of the ten children of her parents, Emily is the sister of the former NFL linebacker and BYU star, David Nixon. More than that, she describes herself as a devout Christian; she attends The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hill and his wife first met each other back in college. Although the details of their early relationship are not known to the media, we do know that the couple got engaged after a few years of a successful relationship. Precisely on December 29, 2013, at Emily’s house, Taysom got on one knee and asked her to be his wife; and she said YES. The NFL star took to Twitter to share the good news with his fans.
In the following year, the lovely couple walked down the aisle as they exchanged marital vows at Salt Lake Temple in Utah, United States, on April 12, 2014. In attendance were David Nixon (NFL Star and Emily’s older brother), Hill’s teammates, as well as their family and friends. Since the union, the couple has continued to enjoy blissful marriage, and they have been together for over six years and still counting.
Taysom Hill has on various occasions gushed over his beautiful wife, calling her his backbone and good luck charm. This comes as no surprise as Emily never misses an opportunity to grace NFL games to watch and cheer-up her heartthrob.
Taysom Hill and His Wife Welcomed Their First Child in 2020
In April 2020, Hill announced via his Twitter and Instagram handles that he and Emily are expecting their first child. After this revelation, the New Orleans Saints star got congratulatory messages from many of his fans and teammates. However, a few months later, precisely August 22, 2020, the NFL star posted an update on various social media platforms, announcing the arrival of their newborn son.
It was indeed a happy moment for Taysom Hill and his family. As a first time dad, Hill loves spending time with his new baby, who they named Beau Nixon Hill. Since Beau is currently very young, it is quite hazy to know if he would follow in the footsteps of his father and become a football star. However, we do know that his father’s fame will certainly rob off on him.
|Also Known As:||Taysom Shawn Hill|
|Profession:||Professional football quarterback|
|Famous For:||His professional football|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Brigham Young University|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||31 years old (August 23, 1990)|
|Birth Place:||Pocatello, Idaho, United States|
|Country of Residence: ||USA|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||221 lb (100 kg)|
|Other Body Measurements:||Unknown|
|Spouse/Partner:||Emily Nixon (m. 2014)|
|Family and Relatives
|Siblings:||Dexter Hill, Celeste Hill, Jordan Hill|
|Estimated Net Worth:||Unknown|
|Salary:||He earns an average salary of $10.5 million|
|Source of Wealth:||His football career|