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A Lesson In Patience, Persistence

For those who need a reminder about hard work and persistence, here's former Maryland quarterback Shaun Hill, who yesterday saw his first meaningful NFL action in his sixth year in the league. Hill's previous experience consisted of holding a clipboard and taking a knee in the final two plays of the Minnesota Vikings' 2005 season. Yesterday, with Alex Smith injured, Hill took over for Trent Dilfer after Dilfer sustained a concussion late in the first half. San Francisco still lost, but Hill looks likely to get a few more chances.

It shouldn't be surprising that Hill was successful or that he waited patiently for his turn to come. He was lightly recruited out of high school and ended up at Maryland only after then-assistant Mike Gundy went to Kansas looking for a junior college defensive back and stumbled onto Hill. Hill started at Maryland behind Calvin McCall, but ended up leading the Terrapins to an ACC title and the Orange Bowl.

By Josh Barr  | December 10, 2007; 11:49 AM ET
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