- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois center Alex Hill didn’t think he could afford to do much for his daughter’s fourth birthday. At best a Skype call with the little girl back in Louisiana.

But his Illini teammates had other ideas.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, (http://bit.ly/1uvL5db ) fellow offensive linemen Tony Durkin and Ted Karras collected the $250 cost of a train ticket from teammates and told Hill to pack his bags.

The 17-hour trip got Hill back to Slidell, Louisiana, in time for Jordyn’s birthday on April 25.


Hill says he can’t say enough to express his thanks.

Karras said the offensive line is as close as a group of brothers. But other members of the team pitched in, too.

The 22-year-old Hill graduated with a degree in communications last month.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com