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Howard alumni on both sides of AFC Championship Game

Two former Howard University football players are coaching with franchises vying to get to the Super Bowl this weekend.


COURTESY: HOWARD UNIVERSITY/ED HILL

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2021) – Former Howard University Bison Terry Bradden and Rodney Hill will serve as coaches for their respective teams when the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs (15-2) hosts the explosive Buffalo Bills (15-3) in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game Sunday (Jan. 24) for a trip to Super Bowl LV (55) in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is set for 6:40 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium on nationally-televised CBS.

Bradden played quarterback for two seasons at Howard (2009-11) before transferring to Tuskegee University (2011-13) in Tuskegee, Ala., where he graduated with a degree in social work.

The Riviera Beach, Fla., native enters his third season as the defensive quality control coach with the Chiefs. He spent his first season (2017) serving as a defensive assistant and moved his way up the ranks to earn his current title in 2019.

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Bradden served as a quarterback graduate assistant at Bethune-Cookman University during the 2016 season. That same year, he was named to the first American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 30-under-30 class.

Before his time in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bradden spent the 2014 campaign at Florida Atlantic University as the quality control special teams coach before returning to his high school alma mater, Inlet Grove H.S., as the football head coach and athletic director for the 2015 season. At that time, he boasts the distinction of being the youngest football head coach and athletic director in the state of Florida at the age of 24.

Rodney Hill was an outstanding defensive tackle for the Bison, starting his final three seasons (2010-13). In 2013, he received his undergraduate degree from HU and his graduate degree from Mercer University degree in Macon, Ga., three years later (2016).

Hill serves as the seasonal strength and conditioning coach with the Bills.

In 2019, he spent the season working with the Detroit Lions as an assistant strength and performance coach.

The year before (2018), Hill was working on the collegiate level, serving as the assistant director of football sports performance for the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.

Prior to that opportunity, Hill got his first National Football League (NFL) experience as a strength and conditioning coach with the New York Giants during the 2017 season.

Before his time in New York, Hill spent the 2016 year back at The Mecca as the director of strength and conditioning, the youngest in school history.

Howard alumni on both sides of AFC Championship Game
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