Tyreek Hill plays for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver. Born on March 1, 1994, Hill was drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round. As a rookie, he was mainly a return specialist but subsequently transitioned his position to that of a wide receiver. He received the nickname "Cheetah" for his tremendous speed following his rookie year.
During his school days Hill was a track and field athlete, and won many medals in the 100m and 200m events. He also represented the USA in the World Junior Athletic Championships and won gold in 4x100 relay and bronze in 200m. He was also named the High School Athlete of the year in 2012. He was named as a punt returner to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.
Hill did his education from Garden City Community College, Oklahoma State University, and University of West Alabama. However, he was dismissed by Oklahoma State from their football and track teams for his domestic violence arrest a few days prior, after which he enrolled at the University of West Alabama. Due to his domestic violence arrest, Hill was projected to be undrafted during the 2016 NFL Draft. But eventually the Chiefs drafted him, making him the first player from West Alabama to be drafted since 1974. They signed him to a four-year, $2.58 million contract that included $100,000 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $70,000.
He reached a speed of 22.77 miles per hour (36.64 km/h) in his rookie season, the fastest speed any NFL player had reached that season. His performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 12, and was also named to the NFL All-Rookie Team for the 2016 season. Hill had performed quite phenomenally for the Chiefs until the 2018 season, and they signed him for a three-year, $54 million extension on September 6, 2019.
The 2019 season was not that great for Hill as initially he was suspended from team activities as a result of the ongoing child abuse investigation, and later he had a posteriorly dislocated sternoclavicular joint for which he had to sit out for sometime. Super Bowl LIV was his first Super Bowl appearance where the Chiefs won against the San Francisco 49ers. He finished his 2020 season in style and also began coaching as an assistant coach at Lee's Summit North High School.