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Drafted in the first-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Lawrence Jackson left USC with a career 30.5 sacks. After two years, a coaching and system change, he was traded to the Detroit Lions for their sixth-round pick in 2011. He played in 11 games last season, and tallied six sacks, almost equaling his production during his two seasons in Seattle (6.5).

“I woke up, my hair was a mess, so I put a hat on,” Hill said.

Hill’s attire may have been coincidental, but the NFL lockout was hanging over the Lions gathered at Detroit Country Day School. A federal appeals court ruled this week that the lockout will remain in place until a full appeal is heard on whether it is legal.

The former Texas defensive tackle has been to two National Football Foundation awards dinners in New York, where new members of the hall are formally inducted. He was there in 1991 when Oklahoma’s Steve Owens, his mentor when he was a rookie with the Detroit Lions, was among the honorees.

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