Like Father, Like Son at the Mohegan Sun

 Hall of Fame Father/Son duo Calvin Hill (R) and Grant Hill (L). (Earl Health Photo)
Hall of Fame Father/Son duo Calvin Hill (R) and Grant Hill (L). (Earl Health Photo)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, located along the shores of the Thames River recently hosted several basketball Hall of Famers to receive their induction rings.

Among them was HOF newcomer Grant Hill. Hill was part of the class of 2018 which inducted some 24 hours earlier in Springfield ,Mass. Hill was accompanied by his father Calvin. I spent time with them at the Mohegan Sun.

The father–son duo had great similarities. They both attended great Universities. Grant at Duke and Calvin at Yale. They both were college champions and the both won Rookie of The Year awards after turning Pro.   

The younger Hill had a stellar career at Duke winning two NCAA National titles and was named ACC Player of the Year in 1994.

He was named Co-Rookie of the Year (along side Jason Kidd) after averaging 19 points per game.

He finished his NBA career after playing 19 seasons for four teams that included Detroit, Orlando, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers. He scored 17,137 points and had more than six thousand rebounds and was named to seven All-Star teams.

On this night at the Mohegan Sun he was accompanied by his farther Calvin Hill. “I am proud of him,” said Calvin. ”He’s worked hard all his life and he ends up in the Hall of Fame, you can’t ask for more than that.”

The senior Hill played college football about an hour’s drive down interstate 95 at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.

At Yale he was an Ivy League Champion in football along with track & field.

He was long jump, triple jump and Heptagon Outdoor champion.  He still holds the record for triple-jump.

He was the first Ivy League player to be drafted in the first round by an NFL team. He went on to play 12 years in the NFL (Dallas, Washington, and Cleveland). He became the first Dallas Cowboy to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He was a four-time Pro-Bowler who finished his career with 65 touchdowns, 42 on the ground and 23 receiving.

The two are held together by wife and mother Janet Hill. They are truly an awesome father-son team. Special thanks to UCLA’s Ann Meyers Drysdale (HOF-1993) and Drew Drysdale.