Taysom Hill: Mormon Athlete

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Taysom Hill Mormon Athlete

Taysom Hill is a professional quarterback with the National Football League. He was a quarterback with the Brigham Young University Cougars and finished his notable college career after the 2016 season.

Hill played football in his native Pocatello, Idaho. As a senior in high school, he was 2008 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year and Idaho’s Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He was listed as the 30th best quarterback prospect in the nation coming out of high school. He also lettered in basketball and track and field.

During his 2012 freshman year at BYU, he started in two games and played in six games where he completed 42 of 71 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. During his sophomore year (2013), he started all thirteen games and racked up a long list of awards and BYU records. He finished the season ranked as number 3 in BYU history for most rushing yards in one season. In 2014 at BYU, he was named to the Heisman Trophy watch list and other watch lists. He also suffered a season-ending leg fracture and ligament tear in the game against Utah State University.

In 2015, during his college football career, he was named to several watch lists, including the Maxwell Award, the Wuerffel Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year, and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in the Cougar’s opener against Nebraska in September 2015. He announced in February 2016 that he would finish at BYU, despite being recruited by coaches at other schools, including Bronco Mendenhall, who wanted Hill to join him at Virginia. He spent the off season with trainers, physicians, and conditioning experts and patiently followed their protocols. He competed with Tanner Magnum in August 2016 to start for BYU against Arizona.

He is considered one of the ‘’greatest all-around athletes to play at BYU.”[1]

After BYU, Hill was undrafted in 2017 and signed with the Green Bay Packers where he played three preseason games. He was waived on September 2, 2017. He plays quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He is also a kick returner and utility player. During his debut game, he was listed as the number three quarterback on the Saints’ depth chart. Early in the game he blocked a punt and helped force the punter to drop the snap. Then a tackle on a kickoff return pleased Head Coach Sean Payton and Payton said that Hill is the quarterback of the future once quarterback Drew Brees retires.

Hill is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a full-time mission to Sydney, Australia. He married Emily Nixon in 2014.

At the April 2019 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ, Elder Gary E. Stevenson included Hill in his talk:

We know Church members and priesthood holders who have experienced success at the highest levels of professional athletics. There are many good examples, but I can list only a few here for the sake of time. You might recognize some of these athletes: in baseball, Jeremy Guthrie and Bryce Harper; in basketball, Jabari Parker and Jimmer Fredette; in soccer, Ricardo Rojas; in rugby league, William Hopoate; and in football, Taysom Hill and Daniel Sorensen. Each has made significant contributions to his sport.
While they are extremely successful in their sports, these athletes would be the first to admit they are not perfect athletes or perfect human beings. They work hard to be the best in their sport—and to live the gospel. They get up if they stumble, and they strive to endure to the end.

He later quoted Hill as saying: “Believing in [God’s] plan and doing my best to fulfill my role in it has given me an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness in life, knowing God is pleased with my efforts.”