Richmond football star signs pro deal in France


Richmond native Carvonte Hill has signed a contract to play professional football in France.

The former star safety for the University of La Verne, who graduated this year with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, is set to play for the Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons of Federation Francaise Football American (FFFA) Elite division, according to La Verne.

A Pinole Valley High alum, Hill played at Contra Costa College before joining the University of La Verne, which captured the 2015 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. At La Verne, the hard-hitter amassed 121 tackles, one interception and 15 breakups in three seasons, according to his school.

Rich Worsell, the team’s associate head coach and offensive coordinator, has extensive connections in the European football community and helped Hill become discovered.

Hill told the Richmond Standard that turning pro is “like a dream come true.” He hopes to impress enough to one day make it to the NFL.

But that’s not the main goal. Hill says he wants to be the best he can be in any line of work he chooses.

“My ultimate dream is to inspire young black males as much as I can by embracing my journey every step of the way,” he said.

Hill’s season with the Falcons will begin in January.

Photo: University of La Verne