Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Rams Killer' Hill Now Ready to Help Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

'Rams Killer' Hill Now Ready to Help Team

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Soft-spoken Shaun Hill seemed almost embarrassed by the notion of his "Rams killer" tendencies in San Francisco and Detroit. Of his 26 NFL career starts, four have come against the Rams and he's 4-0 in those games.

"I didn't put all that together," Hill said, laughing. "I don't know how to answer that question. I never thought of it like that."

Doesn't matter. Now that he has signed a one-year deal as the Rams' new backup quarterback, Hill goes from Rams killer to Rams helper following the departure of Kellen Clemens to San Diego.

Hill, 34, hopes to bring leadership, toughness and attitude to his role, while obviously staying ready to step into the lineup if called upon.

"How that comes kinda depends," Hill said, speaking specifically of the leadership aspect. "Obviously, Sam (Bradford) is the guy, Sam's the starter. So you kinda have to take a back seat."

Hill considered signing with the Rams two years ago, making a free-agent visit to Rams Park during Jeff Fisher's first offseason as head coach. But he opted for a return to Detroit instead. This time around, he decided to leave the Lions for the Rams.

"Took my visit here, and just put all the information on the table and tried to make the best decision," Hill said Thursday. "My life's no different than anybody else's life. Things change relatively rapidly. What makes sense for us this year may have been different than what made sense for us two years ago."

With a waterfront home on the Lake of the Ozarks, Hill's permanent residence is much closer to his place of work than it was when he played for the Lions. It's a 2-hour drive door-to-door from the lake to Rams Park for the native of Parsons., Kan.

An avid fisherman, Hill bought a house at the Lake of the Ozarks in 2005.

"I'm from southeast Kansas, so I looked around in Oklahoma, Table Rock and Lake of the Ozarks and that's the one we kind of fell in love with. …

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