Brett Hill, a lifelong Chicago Bears fan from Shippensburg, Pa., represented his favorite team on the podium in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, calling out its pick, Khaseem Greene, after winning a trip to the draft through an online sweepstakes.
“It was pretty incredible,” the 45-year-old said. “Just for an NFL fan there’s nothing like it other than a game.”
Hill, who is the director of security for AlliedBarton Security Services at Valley Mall in Hagerstown, won an all-expense paid trip to the draft and was taken to New York City with his girlfriend in a Limo that picked them up at his house. He said that he stayed in a Hyatt Hotel and received a food stipend, T-shirts, and helmets.
The draft lasted Thursday through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall. Hill left for New York on Thursday morning and returned Saturday night.
Hill won the trip after entering an online contest called the Ultimate Draft Experience about a month ago on the Bears’ website.
“We did the promotion online and received over 14,600 submissions,” said Elaine Delos Reyes, director of fan marketing/research for the Bears organization. “He was picked at random.”
Hill said that the organization called him in his office Monday last week to tell him he won.
“I was kind of stunned at first,” he said. “Then the emails, the phone calls between the NFL front office and the Bears front office started.”
Hill said that he was at the draft table with the scouts and listening to the conversations they had with the general manager about who was going to be picked.
“I was just concerned the name was going to be something I couldn’t pronounce,” he said of calling out the draft pick. “Once I saw the name I knew I was good. They take really good care of you and kind of coach you through the whole process.”
The pick Hill called out, Greene, is a linebacker from Rutgers University who was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and an AP All-American in 2012 after recording 125 tackles, six forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He was also named Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 after leading the conference with 127 tackles, and his 15 career forced fumbles in college are an NCAA record.
As a fan, Hill said that he was happy with the pick and the Bears’ draft as a whole, describing Greene as a player with “a lot of potential.”
“He can play any linebacker position,” he said. “I think we got a couple guys we need to develop.”
Hill has pictures taken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and said he met some NFL players, including Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. Hill said he plans on going back to the draft every year he can in the future.