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]