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Former Ravens safety Will Hill finds a home — in the CFL

Former Ravens safety Will Hill after a 33-27 win over the Browns in November 2015.
Former Ravens safety Will Hill after a 33-27 win over the Browns in November 2015. (David Richard/Associated Press)

Will Hill started 14 games at safety for the Ravens in 2015, but his most memorable play came on special teams. In a "Monday Night Football" game against the Cleveland Browns, he scooped up a field-goal attempt blocked by Brent Urban and returned it 64 yards for a game-winning touchdown with no time on the clock.

Then he failed a drug test and, facing a 10-game NFL suspension, was released by the Ravens the following March, and we wondered when we'd ever hear from him again.

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Now we know: Hill's in Canada, still doing cool stuff on special teams.

In his first Canadian Football League game with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Hill had eight tackles, second most on the team, and blocked two field-goal attempts Sunday. One of them was returned 84 yards for a touchdown. The Tiger-Cats lost to the Toronto Argonauts anyway, 32-15, probably because 2016 was the year of Hamilton, not 2017.

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It figures, of course, that Urban, an Ontario native, was in attendance.

In an interview with CFL-centric 3DownNation last week, Hill indicated that Canada is perhaps more accommodating to his, ahem, lifestyle. Hill twice tested positive for marijuana in the NFL; the CFL does not test for the drug.

"Even though it is legal in many places in America right now, it's still frowned upon for some reason in the NFL," Hill told the website.

Hill, who has moved to a strong-side linebacker role with the Tiger-Cats, also has the support of the locker room. Before Hamilton's season opener, defensive teammates called during a team meeting to offer their condolences after learning that two of Hill's cousins had been shot to death shortly after midnight in New Jersey on June 9.

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"My family and I were shocked to be a part of that," Hill, who was with his grieving family in New Jersey when the call came, told 3DownNation. "You hear teams preach family all the time, but this one, they actually treated me like family."

Twitter: @jonas_shaffer

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