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LSU RB Jeremy Hill says hardships have fueled his fire

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An emotional Jeremy Hill talks on the phone with the Cincinnati Bengals. An emotional Jeremy Hill talks on the phone with the Cincinnati Bengals.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Former LSU running back Jeremy Hill described the call from Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis as an out-of-body experience.

"It's everything happening at once and it's kind of like your life flashing in front of you," Hill said.

Those flashes were likely sprinkled with the memories of adversity he endured to get to this point. They are the same hardships that Hill said fuel his fire.

"I have a lot of doubters out there and people that don't believe my abilities and people don't think I deserve to be in this situation, so that's definitely always motivation in the back of my mind, to continue to grind hard," Hill added.

His future team in Cincinnati features some talented backs, including Giovanni Bernard, the second round pick from one year ago. However, Hill said he just sees that as a chance to learn.

"I'm going to have a lot of guys that have a lot of game experience, so I can learn from them about the ropes and the day ins and day outs how to go about being a running back in the National Football League," Hill explained.

"He's a great player; he's a great person and I'm so happy for him to be able to just go out and live his dream," said LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins.

Hill will have the opportunity to share living that dream with friends and family.

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