Christopher Hill is from Mansfield, LA. He graduated from Mansfield HS in 1992. Chris played tight end at LSU and was a top NFL prospect prior to suffering a career ending knee injury his senior season. After surgery and rehab, he returned to Baton Rouge and received his BS in Education in 1998. Chris, along with his younger brothers Melvin, and Greg all attended LSU on full athletic scholarships and played on the same team in 1995. Chris currently resides in Shreveport, La and is a devoted father and husband.
Did you focus more on your sport or academics?
I definitely focused more on football than I did academics.
What steps did you take while in school to prepare you for life after sports?
I didn’t think about life after sports until I blew my knee out my senior season and my dream of getting drafted and playing in the NFL was no longer a possibility. At that point, I was forced to think about life after sports and what my next steps would be….
Did you have a mentor or take advantage of any networking opportunities while in school?
I didn’t have a mentor but I took full advantage of networking and building relationships while at LSU. To this day I am still in contact with most of my former teammates as well as other boosters and people that I met while at LSU.
How would you rate and describe your transition from student-athlete to career professional?
Once I realized my playing days were over and I shifted my focus to the next stage of my life, the transition was fairly easy. I went into Physical Education and coaching football which both came naturally because sports had always been a huge part of my life. I enjoyed coaching the game that I loved.
Student-athletes have a great support system. Did that support system stay in place once you graduated?
The support system stayed in place and I can still reach out to LSU for help when needed…
How happy are you in your current profession?
I am very happy in my current profession. Im able to make a good living and it allows me to spend a lot of time with my kids which is extremely important to me.
If you could offer advice to current student-athletes about what awaits them when their playing days are over, what would it be?
The advice I would offer is make sure you focus on academics and getting your degree, not just on sports. Set goals that don’t solely rely on your sports accomplishments. Have a vision and focus for your life after sports and always work hard at everything you decide to do…
Would you change anything about your college experience as it relates to your own personal development?
I loved my college experience!! The only thing I would change would be to be more focused on academics early in my college career.
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Posted By Alumni Spotlight, 13 Mar 2019