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Courtesy: Albany Empire Media Relations

Four-Time All-Arena Receiver, Joe Hills, Assigned to Empire

ALBANY– The Albany Empire announce that Joe Hills, a four-time All-Arena wide receiver, has been assigned to the team roster.  Per League and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

“Joe Hills is one of the most electrifying receivers in our game today,” said Rob Keefe, Head Coach of the Albany Empire.  “Having played with Grady in Jacksonville, I can’t wait to see the rapport between Grady and Hills come together to not only help our team win football games, but to ‘wow’ fans as the two rack up big numbers.”

 Joe Hills, a Florida native, is one of the most accomplished wide receivers currently in the Arena Football League.  He has led the Arena Football League in receptions, yards and touchdowns each of the last two seasons.  In 2016, he recorded 161 receptions, 2020 yards and 58 touchdowns with Tommy Grady and the Jacksonville Sharks.  In 2017, he recorded 129 receptions, 1353 yards and 36 receptions with the Tampa Bay Storm.  In his career, he has recorded 726 receptions, 8,883 yards and 230 touchdowns.

Hills was first team All-Arena each of the last two seasons and has been named All-Arena a total of four times in his six-year Arena Football League career.  He currently holds the AFL record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception with 79, which is an active streak.

“I pack a lunch and put on my hardhat every day and go to work to catch touchdowns,” said Hills.  “I came to Albany because Grady and I are like brothers and to get a chance to play for Coach Keefe instead of against him.  This is a new city and opportunity for me, and I am really looking forward to it.”


The Empire return to the Times Union Center on Saturday, May 5th.  The block party begins at 4 pm and kickoff is set for 7:30pm.  Tickets for the remaining Empire home games are still available at TheAlbanyEmpire.com.  Ticket packages include:  pro-rated season tickets, family four packs, group and corporate outing experiences, birthday party packages, Bud Light Party Zone tickets, Pioneer Bank Field Zone tickets, Pepsi Family Zone tickets and single game tickets.

Albany Empire 2018 Inaugural Season Presented By CDPHP.

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