August 22, 2017 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Portland Steel
TAMPA BAY'S HILLS NAMED WIDE RECEIVER OF THE YEAR
Hills becomes first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons
LAS VEGAS - The Arena Football League has announced that Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver Joe Hills has been named 2017 AFL Wide Receiver of the Year. Hills becomes the first-player to be recognized in back-to-back years and first receiver to be named to the award twice.
Hills (6'4", 220, Tennessee State) appeared in 13 games for the Storm this season and led the league in scoring (228), receptions (129), receiving yards (1,353) and receiving touchdowns (36). In one of the most prolific seasons that the game has seen at the position, the sixth-year veteran also finished the season with a brand-new AFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception at 81, surpassing a record set by AFL great Damian Harrell in 2007.
AFL WIDE RECEIVER OF THE YEAR
YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2017 Joe Hills Tampa Bay
2016 Joe Hills Jacksonville
2015 Reggie Gray San Jose
2014 Marco Thomas Iowa
2013 Adron Tennell Spokane
2012 Jesse Schmidt Iowa
2011 Tiger Jones Dalas
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