EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) - Shaun Hill's 15-year pro football career has been a there-and-back affair. Hill started in the NFL back in 2002 with the Minnesota Vikings, then he went on to play in Canada, San Francisco, Detroit and St. Louis. But now, in 2015, he's returned to where it all started.
"This place hasn't changed a lot,” Hill said. “Obviously the Metrodome is torn down and we're playing outside this year.”
The stadium has changed for Hill in his second stint with the Vikings, but so has his role. In his first, Hill was vying for playing time, but this time around it's all about tutoring Teddy Bridgewater.
"It was going to be a backup role and helping out a young, up-and-coming player,” Hill said. “There was a very short list I was willing to do that for, and Teddy was on that list. When we get into the regular season and he and I are doing the film study alone, that's where my input is going to help him. There are things throughout the years that I can share with him."
But if Hill is called upon to go from mentor to Minnesota starter, his coordinator is confident the veteran is up to the challenge.
"He knows how to play football. He understands and appreciates the way we teach things,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. "He responds well to things, and if he has to play, I think he will do so at a really high level."
At 35 years old, Hill isn't thinking retirement just yet, as he continues to live out his childhood dream of playing in the pros.
"I've told myself that I would never put a timetable on my career,” he said. “I would never let my mind go to that. Who knows how long or short it's going to be. My goal is the same as everyone in that locker room, and that's to bring back a championship to Minnesota."