BLACKFOOT — From an undrafted free agent to an impact tight end with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, former Blackfoot Bronco Josh Hill plays hungry on the gridiron.
Off the field, the Blackfoot native is just as impactful.
Hill did his part to help hungry families throughout Southeast Idaho on Monday by hosting an autograph signing food drive event for the Community Dinner Table food bank in Blackfoot.
“A lot of professional athletes create organizations or charities to reach out into their civic communities and we are given a lot,” Hill said. “It’s important that we give back to the communities we grew up in any way we can.”
Hosted on the same football field that Hill played on when the Blackfoot Broncos won the 4A state football championship in 2007, the event accumulated approximately 1,000 pounds of food items, according to Jackie Young, board president of the Community Dinner Table.
Hill told the Journal on Wednesday that he plans to match the donation and is expected to deliver the food to the Community Dinner Table pantry on Friday.
“My wife and I were just talking about ways to give back and how we could get involved in the community during the short time we were in town,” Hill said. “We decided it would be great to meet some of the kids in the community while also helping out the food bank.”
A graduate of Idaho State University, Hill grew up in Blackfoot. As a New Orleans Saint, he has caught more than 60 career passes and scored 10 touchdowns in five seasons.
According to Young, Jane Hill, who is Hill’s mother, works for First American Title Company in Blackfoot and is very familiar with the Community Dinner Table. Young said that Jane and her colleagues supplied food bank clients with pet food for their animals once a month for nearly a year.
“Josh’s mom called me and told me how excited they were to do this event,” Young said. “Josh was so gracious and the whole experience was just fantastic. It’s inspiring to see a fellow community member reach out to support us.”
The Community Dinner Table is a non-profit organization comprised of faith groups and friends working together to reduce hunger throughout Bingham County. The food bank’s more encompassing mission includes reducing hunger in Bingham County by providing wholesome food to those in need, as well as developing and implementing solutions to the underlying causes of hunger through collaboration, education and advocacy.
Further, the Community Dinner Table focuses on creating an environment for older residents in need of social interaction by making safe and wholesome dinner environments available. It also promotes creative and productive teamwork between all faith groups in the county to increase the availability of resources and to build stronger and more meaningful interfaith relationships.
“We are a 100 percent non-profit organization that receives no federal or local government funding,” Young said. “We give out about 200 to 250 food boxes a week, which is about 300,000 pounds of food annually. So these type of donation events are critical to our success.”
A Boy Scouts of America troop is expected to help unload the donated food from Hill on Friday, Young added.
Though Hill has called New Orleans home for the last five years, Blackfoot will always be the place his roots are seeded, he said. And with events like the food drive on Monday, Hill said it’s a rewarding experience to hear youth members from the community he grew up in explain how much of a role model he is in their lives.
“Blackfoot will always be my home,” Hill said. “There were a few kids who said they hope to achieve the same things that I have and that I showed them it was possible to make it from a small town. That’s the stuff that really sticks with me.”
Josh Hill, a super talented Alta Motors MX rider up until Alta’s recent, untimely demise, has a ton of videos all over the internet showcasing his mad dirtbike skills, and this one is a bit different: it’s in a skate park. He’s got it posted on his Instagram page, and you should go watch it here.
Whatever you call them, “stoppies” or “front wheelies” or “twelve-o-clocks,” they’re hard to do until you get the hang of them. This guy dances on the front wheel of his electric dirtbike and makes it look effortless, surfing the rim of a cast concrete bowl made for skateboards, not motorized two-wheelers. It’s pretty obvious they’ve closed the park for him, or he went on a day that he knew there would be nobody there. Crashing into a skate boarder with a dirt bike wouldn’t end well for either one, but the skate boarder would probably get the worse end of the deal.
While many riders are lamenting the influx of electric motors into our sport, I would hazard an argument that the very quiet electric bikes will make the general (non-riding) populace like us… or, at least, not hate us, as much as those noisy dirt bikes that the neighbors can’t tell from a chainsaw.
Sure, the electric dirt bike makes some really, really weird noises, but they won’t carry and you can probably get away with some extremely dodgy shenanigans without a hollowed-out exhaust giving you away to the people who think you shouldn’t be doing whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re doing it. This isn’t us condoning this behavior, I’m just pointing out that noise gets you noticed by bystanders when there’s nothing else making any noise, for good or for ill.
We’ve been debating the concept of the electric bike for a while here at RideApart. Is it the future of two wheeled escapades, or the end of motorcycling as we know it? The verdict is still out, but there are a certainly a few furious riders who are out there to prove the virtues of electricity over the humble and road-worn internal combustion engine.
The video above features the talented motocross rider Josh Hill demonstrating the limits of an electric bike. along with standard jumps and stunts, Mr Hill also used the customized tailgate of a Nissan V8 Titan pickup truck to ride over another bike (still held in the back of the Nissan pickup.) a move that is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but which looks exceedingly impressive onscreen!
Perhaps the most unusual aspect of the video is the silence of the electric motor. Usually one would expect the blaring, high pitched tones of a two stroke single, or at the very least, the rasping sounds of a four stroke. the absence of any engine sound, combined with the crazy performance of the unnamed E-bike, shows that, if nothing else, electric motorcycles do at least have the power and performance to match, and possibly beat, traditional internal combustion engine power motocross vehicles at their own game. (KTM, eat your heart out!)
Of course, Electric motocross and off road bikes are a gap in the market that manufactures are certainly looking at addressing. Last month, Honda announced a surprising new CR Electric prototype. KTM, in 2017, announced the E-XC Electric Offroader, and even Yamaha has been looking to cash in on the electric bike phenomenon, with the minimal trials focused TY-E, which we covered here.
New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill will miss the remainder of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game after being diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced.
Hill had one reception for 24 yards prior to exiting the game. On the catch, he absorbed what appeared to be a helmet-to-helmet hit by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Cory Littleton.
New Orleans was already thin at tight end. Benjamin Watson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited Friday with an illness. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Saints confirmed Watson was inactive.
Hill only had a peripheral role in the team’s passing game in the regular season, catching 16 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.
Now, New Orleans is forced to rely on Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin, the latter of whom has one total reception in two years. Griffin did, however, haul in a five-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to put the Saints ahead 13-0 in the first quarter Sunday.
Brees shouldn’t miss a beat with Hill unavailable.