LINCOLN — Travis Hill was a Husker All-American football player in 1992, when he had 82 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
But Hill, who died this week at the age of 48 according to several of his ex-Husker teammates on social media, may have been best-remembered by fans for his interception on the first play of a most memorable game — a 52-7 rout of rival Colorado in 1992.
Hill caught the ball on a ricochet, rumbled to the Buffaloes’ 15 and then held his hands up for a long sideline-spanning celebration with teammates. It was the first big play on the afternoon.
Hill had 221 tackles, 16½ sacks and 37½ tackles for loss in his career, along with 60 hurries. Hill played outside linebacker in NU’s “50” defense, both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage the way a 3-4 outside linebacker would do today. Hill was second-team All-Big Eight in 1991 — when the Huskers shared the Big Eight crown with Colorado — and an All-American the following season. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
After his NFL career, Hill eventually returned to his home state of Texas, where he owned his own insurance agency.
Earlier this week, ex-Husker quarterback David Humm died from complications with multiple sclerosis.