Father of Lions' Hill dies after fall at QB's home

Ted Hill, the father of Lions quarterback Shaun Hill, died at a Springfield, Mo., hospital over the weekend after a fall at his son's farm, the Detroit Free-Press reported.

According to an obituary on the Carson-Wall Funeral Services website, the elder Hill, 60, died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday after an accidental fall. Friends said the accident occurred when Ted was helping Shaun work on a barn at the quarterback's home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

"Just a very humble and generous man, that's the best way to describe him," said Steve Lardy, play-by-play voice of Parsons (Kan.) High School, via the Free-Press. "And it's reflected in his son. Shaun's his dad's kid. They're identical.

"Very humble, very active in the community. Shaun comes back here every year and gives a lot of his time to kids in the community, and Ted was that way, too. Very humble. You'd never know Shaun played in the NFL -- you wouldn't -- and he's been that way ever since he left town."

Shaun Hill, a nine-year pro, played football and basketball for his father at Parsons High, where he started three seasons at quarterback and led the Vikings to back-to-back state tournament appearances in basketball. Ted Hill was an assistant football coach, the boys and girls basketball coach, athletic director and later principal at Parsons High.

Shaun Hill started 10 games and passed for a career-high 2,686 yards for the Lions this past season, his first in Detroit after four years each with the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings.

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