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RON HILL JOINS FALCONS

Jacksonville Jaguars director of pro personnel Ron Hill is leaving the team to join the Atlanta Falcons as vice president, football operations. Hill, who is entering his 20th season in the National Football League, spent the last four years with the Jaguars.

"Ron Hill did an outstanding job for us in performing an important role the last four years," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "From the beginning, with the signing of our Original Ten, through the expansion draft and free agency, Ron was an important part of the process as we built this team. I wish him continued success in his new role with the Falcons, as well as continued happiness for his family - Tina, Austin and Ryan."

The 44-year-old Hill began his NFL career as a scout with the Dallas Cowboys from 1979 to '82. He spent the next 10 years with the Denver Broncos, the first nine as a scout and the final season as assistant director of player personnel.

Hill is a graduate of Mississippi State, where he played linebacker and later served as an assistant coach. He also coached at the high-school level in Arkansas.

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