Former Jets offensive lineman Winston Hill dead at 74

NEW YORK (AP) Winston Hill, a durable Pro Bowl offensive tackle who helped protect Joe Namath on the way to the New York Jets' Super Bowl victory in 1969, has died. He was 74.

The team announced Tuesday night that Hill, a member of the Jets' inaugural Ring of Honor class in 2010, died in his adopted hometown of Denver.

Hill made a franchise-record eight All-Star teams, the first five at left tackle and the last three at right tackle. He also holds the team mark for offensive linemen with 195 consecutive games played.

Hill was drafted by Baltimore in the 11th round of the 1962 NFL draft out of Texas Southern. The Colts released him in August 1963, and signed with the Jets the next day. He made three straight AFL All-Star games in 1967-69 and four straight Pro Bowls from 1970-73.


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