April 15, 2007
The Score hears ...
Hill finds thrill in Obama
By Christian Reds and Michael O'Keefes
Long before his son Grant Hill became an NBA star, Calvin Hill was making his mark as a NFL running back. The four-time Pro Bowler, best known for his years with the Cowboys, also had an uncanny knack for befriending political leaders - before they became Beltway power brokers.
At Yale in the late 1960s, Hill's fraternity brother at Delta Kappa Epsilon was President George W. Bush. Hill's wife Janet, meanwhile, was suitemates with Sen. Hillary Clinton during their undergraduate days at Wellesley College.
But Hill isn't supporting Clinton's run for the presidency. The lifelong Democrat is standing behind Barack Obama.
"I see Obama as the one who can unite us," Hill tells The Score. "These times call for someone like him. I think he can get beyond the partisanship that is so debilitating in this country.
"What impresses me about Obama is that he is able to digest all the issues," Hill adds. "And he is not a person who lords over his position. He's willing to listen and is not stubborn. There are a lot of pieces that have to be put together nationally and internationally and he represents an opportunity for people to get excited.
"I think like (John F.) Kennedy, Obama can bring idealism back into the political process. His election would send a strong message to rest of the world."