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HILLS, THOMPKINS HIT CAREER RECEIVING YARD MILESTONES

May 14, 2019
5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WR JOE HILLS


1.     Joe Hills became the 17 th player in Arena Football League history to surpass 10,000 career receiving yards. He now sits at 10,074 yards and is just 132 yards shy of 16 th place on the league’s all-time receiving leaderboard.

2.      Hills currently holds the longest streak in AFL history for most consecutive games with a receiving touchdown at 95 games. On July 15, 2017, Hills surpassed AFL Hall of Famer Damian Harrell’s previous mark of 78 games, scoring on a two-yard pass from quarterback Randy Hippeard against the Baltimore Brigade.

3.     Hills has earned a total of five All-Arena honors: four First Team All-Arena (2018, 2017, 2016, 2013) and one Second Team All-Arena (2015). In 2017, Hills was named AFL Wide Receiver of the Year. In 2016, he was named both Offensive Player of the Year and Cutters Receiver of the Year.

4.     Hills led the AFL in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for two years straight in 2016 and 2017. Last season, Hills missed one regular season game and still led the league in receiving touchdowns with 33. He was second in the AFL in receptions at 88, just one behind leader Darius Prince, and third in receiving yards at 1,045.

5.     The Palmetto, Florida native is a seven-year veteran and has played for five different AFL teams including the Tampa Bay Storm, Spokane Shock (for one game), Jacksonville Sharks, Albany Empire, and the Baltimore Brigade.




5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WR BRANDON THOMPKINS


1.     Brandon Thompkins hit a new milestone of 8,000 career receiving yards on Friday night against the Columbus Destroyers.  He is 28 th all-time with 8,049 yards and just 64 yards shy of moving up to 27 th. The Baltimore Brigade is the only AFL team with two active players in the top 30 all-time in receiving yards.

2.     Thompkins has earned six All-Arena honors in just four years as a wide receiver and a kick return specialist.  Last season, he was the only player in the AFL to earn All-Arena honors in two different positions, a feat he has accomplished twice. In 2016, he was named Playmaker of the Year.

3.     Currently Thompkins is leading the AFL in kickoff return yards at 213, which is 55 yards more than the player in second place. He is fourth in the AFL in receptions with 22 and sixth in receiving yards at 216.

4.     Thompkins sits at 18 th all-time in number of kick returns, just one kick return away from 17th and five away from 16th. He is the 15 th all-time in kick return yards, 25 yards from advancing to 14 th.  He is tied for 7 th of all-time in kick return touchdowns at 18.

5.     Thompkins is an eight-year veteran and has played with Baltimore for two seasons. Currently, Thompkins leads the team in receptions at 22. Last season, Thompkins led the Brigade in receptions (85), receiving yards (809) and tied for first in receiving touchdowns at 15. He led the Brigade in both seasons as a kick returner in all categories.


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