Packers sign Arena League quarterback Hill

Packers sign Arena League quarterback Hill

Published Jan. 20, 2012 3:41 p.m. ET

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers' 45 touchdown passes during the regular season will likely be enough to win the NFL's Most Valuable Player award. But on Friday, the Green Bay Packers signed a quarterback who threw 97 touchdowns this season.

Yes, the Packers agreed to terms with Arena Football League quarterback Nick Hill, whose 97-touchdown, 17-interception season came while playing 16 games for the Orlando Predators.

Hill, a 26-year-old left-handed passer, went undrafted in 2008 after two seasons at Southern Illinois. He signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent following the '08 draft, but was released two months later.

Hill set the Southern Illinois single-season record for passing yards (3,175), touchdowns (28) and completions (258) as a senior. He did not play football as a freshman in college, opting to play basketball at Western Kentucky. After averaging less than two points per game, he transferred to Southern Illinois to play football.

Hill could compete with Graham Harrell for a spot behind Rodgers next season in Green Bay.

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