Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chiefs' Hill, Oilers' Thomas Ready for Reunion of Sorts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chiefs' Hill, Oilers' Thomas Ready for Reunion of Sorts

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The weekend is all planned out. Kansas City Chiefs running back Greg Hill will meet his old college teammate Saturday. They'll go to dinner. Spend some time together.

Then the two running backs who fought for carries at Texas A&M will head in opposite directions. They will meet again at 7 Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium, where Hill will try to get the Chiefs to their best start ever. Rodney Thomas, the Houston Oilers' leading rusher, will be trying to help Houston keep alive hopes of a possible AFC Central title.

"We have been talking on the phone and waiting for this game," Hill said. "We played in the same backfield. But we have never seen each other on offense while the other guy was sitting on the bench."

Then Hill's face splits in a grin.

"To this point, his longest run is 43 yards in the Cleveland game," Hill said. "That week he had 17 or 18 carries for 106 yards. My longest has been 16 carries for 109 yards. So I have him beat as far as 100-yard games go."

Forgive Hill if the math is a little bit off. Thomas' best game was against Cleveland, 16 carries for 108 yards. Hill gained 109 yards in 15 carries against the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener.

They finished as the third- and fourth-leading rushers in Texas A&M history. Hill again was in front with 3,262 yards in three seasons. Thomas rushed for 3,014 yards in four. Thomas tied the school record with 45 touchdowns.

Both have been getting a lot of work in recent weeks. Thomas, though not the starter, is the Oilers' primary rusher. In three of the last four games, Hill has been that for the Chiefs. He had one of his most impressive days against San Diego on Sunday, when he gained 47 yards on a fourth-quarter drive when everyone at Jack Murphy Stadium knew he was going to get the ball.

Hill and Marcus Allen, if you combine the yardage they have gained, would rank right behind Dallas' Emmitt Smith among the NFL leading rushers. Because they split time, they don't even crack the top 10 in the AFC. …

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