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Grant Hill - Privileged Life

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Grant Hill was born on October 5, 1972, in Dallas, Texas. His father, Calvin, played football at Yale University

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and was an All-Pro player for the Dallas Cowboys. His mother, Janet, a successful attorney and consultant, attended Wellesley College where she shared a suite of rooms with Hillary Rodham Clinton. The family moved to Washington, D.C. when Hill's father was traded to the Redskins, and Hill grew up in Reston, Virginia, an upper-middle-class suburb. An only child, Hill grew up amidst fame, wealth, and privilege. A Porsche and a Mercedes were parked in the driveway, and well-known entertainers, athletes, and politicians were frequent house guests.

Hill was never comfortable with his privileged position in life. "I've always just wanted to blend in and be like everybody else," he told Sporting News. "I didn't want anybody, especially my friends, thinking I was better than them. I just wanted to be a down-to-earth guy and have my own identity." So Hill seldom mentioned that he was Calvin Hill's son and preferred to be picked up from school in the family's third car, an old Volkswagen. When Hill's father came to his school to talk to the student body, Hill, an eighth-grader at the time, feigned illness and retreated to the nurse's office rather than endure the extra attention. At home, Hill was under strict rules set out by his parents, including no phone calls until the weekend, and then only one a day.

Naturally inclined to sports, Hill played soccer and basketball. His father refused to allow him to play football until high school, but by then, Hill was dedicated to basketball. At the age of thirteen his summer league team upset a Detroit team, whose players included future NBA players Chris Webber and Jalen Rose. As a freshman at South Lakes High School in Reston, Hill was asked to skip junior varsity and join the varsity team. Hill balked; he didn't want to leave his friends behind, but his father insisted and Hill reluctantly consented. During his high school years Hill lived for basketball. When he wasn't playing, he would spend hours reviewing tapes of NBA and college games. As a senior he averaged thirty points per game. His father hoped Hill would go to the University of North Carolina, and his mother was counting on nearby Georgetown University. Hill decided on Duke University.

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about 7 years ago

hill was a emmeber and star of the reston soccer team....i know this to be true.....he might remember me...it was long time ago.....but even so..i had the duty of defending him...when he came to raleih nc in 1983?....first week in december....he made a move against me and i said...what the heck....he is this tall and has this agility...uh oh....i was the msallest member of my squad.....but it was my duty to guard the best.....so i was on him.....an he made i lkater used....but i still got the ball from him when he went to shoot.....he never scored that game....that one move made me change my defense...i never had to do that before....not in soccer....he has been plaugued with inuries...and so have i.....but i was there for jimmy v...right across the strret in 1983....he cartainly had the skill ...and the will.....only clack memmber of that team...should i say african american?....no....that was whern black....was black.....and i am not all white myself......but i want him to remember that game.....when he was only 11.....because the person that called me later ...when he wanted a workout....was roy lassiter......and i knew jimmy v and the others also ok grant?...pls send me an email...you know injuries and pain.....i know where johny dawkins lives and i did ....well people thought he was leaving duke....while i knew he was building a house ....down here in the south...but i never opened my mouth......until now.......i met muhammad ali ans spent the afternoon...before he retired.... with him ...before that game.....i have things to say now.......ok?.....sorry i am such a bad typist...but my legs aren't working now......and the monitor is 3 feet away...but my eyes are like ted williams and chuck yeager's.....and the only reason bobby hurley beat corchiani's record is because of more games.....i know it all....i was there......i want to share now ok?....heck i put jerry stackhouse in his place when he was rude to me.....when he was being recruited and ncsu was being put on probation....i have never seen a worse penalty..except pete rose....and all the proved gainst him is he bet own his own team to win.....geeeez......so answer me pls....well there was one worse penalty maybe.....ali slost 3 and a half years in the prime of his career.....