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Hill Inspired By Cancer Survivors

Posted by Taylor Price on October 5, 2009 – 11:18 AM


Typically Shaun Hill is all business before the start of a game.

Out of the 53 players on the 49ers roster, the team’s starting quarterback probably has one of the most distinct game faces.

How could Hill not? You can’t be known for being a “gamer” without having a serious disposition before the start of a game.

But Hill was not his usual self before the start of Sunday.

With the NFL celebrating breast cancer awareness month by allowing selected players to wear pink gloves, shoes, sweat bands and sideline apparel, Hill was distracted by a group of cancer survivors on the 49ers sideline who were honored prior to kickoff.

“I normally don’t notice things like that, but it gave me chills,” Hill said in his postgame press conference.

Hill was selected by the NFL as one of the players to wear pink cleats, and jumped on board without hesitating.

“Just wearing shoes, that’s not asking a whole lot,” Hill said. “I was happy to do it.”


Part of Hill’s changed demeanor was due to the footwear commentary he heard from the sidelines by the pregame honorees.

“Seeing them over there and hearing them talk about my shoes and how much it meant to them – it was touching. I went over there and tried to shake a couple of hands. Those sorts of things are usually out of character for me. I just felt very grateful they were there.”

Hill went on to throw for two touchdowns in the 49ers 35-0 win, but he made sure afterwards to share the honor he had in being a part of an important day.

“I think it’s a great thing what the NFL did,” Hill said. “Hopefully we were able to raise a lot of money for breast cancer awareness. I’m glad to help any way I can.”

Hill will also help out by sending his game-worn shoes to the cancer society of his hometown of Parsons, Kansas to be auctioned off.

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5 Responses to “Hill Inspired By Cancer Survivors”

  1. By Clarissa on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    I am a 29 year Cancer Survivor and my grandmother is a 2 year Breast Cancer Survivor. It great to see the NFL recognizing cancer survivors and Hill taking the time to great those that had attended the game.

  2. By daryl on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    I think what shaun hill did was great and i hope he can help breast cancer

  3. By Milton Morales on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    I was born into a 49ERS family, where all I have learned since I was a toddler was to love and be a 49ERS fan. To me as a young fan and nephew of a Breast Cancer survivor to see my team and specially team players like Shaun Hill pay tribute to the survivors and the cause make me really proud and happy to cheer on in every game this team that I love and this quaterback that has earned my respect. Thank you ALL for doing such a noble thing. Always and forever complete support from this 49ERS family in Orlando, FL. Go NINERS!!!! and lets find that CURE!

  4. By Milton Morales on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Just wanted to add LOVE YOU TIA CHRISTIAN…I am so proud of you for your courage and strength through this hardship, just know we ALL LOVE you!

  5. By Chilly Will 49 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    I think this was a great thing for the NFL to recognized breast cancer awareness. Having the players were something pink to show there support is awesome. My Mother-In-Law and Sister In-law are breast cancer survivors. I lost one other Sister In-law to Cancer. Thank you NFL and the 49er Players for showing your support!!!

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