The Tampa Bay Storm's Joe Hills is off to a record-shattering start. In his last game, the former Palmetto High star broke the Storm's all-time receiving record in a game, with 259 yards with 16 catches.
"We were sitting on the sidelines and I'm like, Joe you have like 300 yards don't you," said Storm QB Adrian McPherson. "I just don't remember anyone else catching a ball. He was like, no, no, no and I was like, well, I can't remember throwing the ball to anyone else."
"I didn't really think about it until Adrian told me until the end that I had a good game," said Hills.
Hills is the hot hand right now on a team loaded with receiving talent. What's most impressive is that he broke the Storm's franchise record.
"Especially with our franchise," said Storm head coach Dave Ewart. "It's had a lot of good football players in it and I've been fortunate enough to be around it for 10 years. He did a pretty special thing. It just kind of speaks to who Joe is. Joe can be as good as Joe wants to be."
Hills and Adrian McPherson's connection goes way back to the old neighborhood where they grew up on the same street in Bradenton. To McPherson he's still "Little Joe."
"He was a lot older than I am," said Hills. "I always wanted to hang with the older kids, but they always kind of pushed me to the side."
Joe's push now isn't about personal numbers.
"Whether I catch one pass or 100, we are just focused on wins," said Hills. "We are trying to make it into the playoffs and make a run at this thing."
Hills is back in action tonight as the Storm host San Antonio in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Kickoff is at 8.
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