Kamu Grugier-Hill (born May 16, 1994) is an American Football linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Eastern Illinois, and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

High school

Kamu Grugier-Hill attended Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu where he played soccer and football. Grugier-Hill began playing football in his junior year of high school as a safety and punter. [6]

College career

Grugier-Hill played for the Eastern Illinois Panthers football team from 2012 to 2015. In his freshman year, he made his first start against UT Martin. [2] In both 2014 and 2015, he earned First-team All OVC honors. [2] Grugier-Hill reportedly became the first player ejected in the 2014 college football season when he punched a Minnesota lineman between the legs. [7]

Professional career

New England Patriots

Grugier-Hill was drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. [3] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Patriots as part of final roster cuts. [4]

Philadelphia Eagles

On September 4, 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles claimed Grugier-Hill off waivers. [5] He recorded his first career tackle and his only tackle of the 2016 season when he brought down Duke Johnson of the Cleveland Browns for a loss of six yards in Week 1 at Lincoln Financial Field. [8] Because the tackle came on a fake punt, it was technically the only defensive snap which Grugier-Hill played in his rookie year. [6]

On November 19, 2017, Grugier-Hill filled in on kickoffs for kicker Jake Elliott after Elliott suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys. Grugier-Hill's first kickoff was fielded at the 1 yard line and returned to the 26 yard line. The second kick was for a touchback. The third kick, which was from further away due to an Eagles penalty, was fielded at the 20 and returned to the 40. The final kick was booted to the 2 yard line and returned to the 34. Grungier-Hill did not attempt a field goal or an extra point as the Eagles went for a two-point conversion after every touchdown. The Eagles went on to win the game 37-9. [9]