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Hilton named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Hilton named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Though he is only 5-feet-9 inches, former Ole Miss player and current Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton is known as ‘Big Mike’–and with good reason. He plays far larger than his stature might indicate.

Hilton was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week this week after his performance against Houston on Christmas Day. In the Steelers’ 34-6 win over the Texans, Hilton tallied three sacks and forced a fumble.

While at Ole Miss, Hilton wore No. 38 as the recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award and started at every position in the defensive backfield during his career with the Rebels.

Following his career with Ole Miss, Hilton signed with Jacksonville in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. He later signed with Pittsburgh’s practice squad last December, but has now become a critical player for the Steelers, playing an intricate role in the team’s defense.

Thus far this season for the Steelers, Hilton has notched 50 tackles, four sacks, two INTs, a forced fumble, and five pass break-ups. He became the first Steelers’ defensive back since Troy Polamalu to record three sacks in a game.

This is Hilton’s first Player of the Week award, and the eighth time a Steelers player has won a Player of the Week award this season. Hilton is the first Pittsburgh defensive back to be named Defensive Player of the Week since Polamalu in 2013.

“It feels good to be out there and just make plays and help the team win,” Hilton told after the win over Houston. “I had a big day and hopefully it can carry on.”

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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