MALVERN, AR - The namesake for the Madre Hill rule was in Malvern Tuesday night to see Demias Jimerson hit the football field.
Jimerson gained notoriety because his youth football league invoked the “Madre Hill” rule, which limits how many rushing touchdowns he can score
. The rule is in place so other 5th and 6th graders will have an opportunity to develop as well as Jimerson.
"I try to fight through it hard, let other people score, not just me. My whole team is doing the same thing," said Jimerson.
Jimerson plays in Malvern, at the same school Razorback great Madre Hill did. Hill came back to his old stomping grounds to watch Demias, and of course, to give him some advice too.
"He said keep on working hard, but make sure God always comes first," Jimerson said of Hill.
Twenty-four years after the Wilson Intermediate Football League limited Hill's touchdowns, he calls it a good idea, saying it did not limit his development as a football player.
“Looking back on my career, it was a learning experience that was great," said Hill
Hill expects another young football player on this field to get the “Madre Hill” treatment in about two years. That player is his nine year old son.
"My Mom and Dad are still here and I truly believe my mom wouldn't want to see him in any other uniform but a Leopard," said Hill.