WESTFIELD, Ind. — “The Ghost” is haunting the “NFL Top 100 Players” list once again.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton tonight was revealed as the 70th-best player in the league in the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2019” list, which is voted on by players across the NFL.
It’s the third time in a five-year span that Hilton has been voted to the “Top 100 Players” list; he had previously been selected in 2015 (No. 35) and 2017 (No. 61).
With his favorite gunslinger, Andrew Luck, back under center for the Colts in 2018, Hilton flourished. In 14 games, Hilton logged 76 receptions for 1,270 yards and six touchdowns.
Perhaps most impressively, however, was how Hilton was able to set aside his own injury issues for the good of the team.
In the Colts’ Week 4 matchup against the Houston Texans, Hilton would be knocked out of the game with a chest injury, but returned. After hauling in four receptions for 115 yards, however, he suffered a hamstring injury, and would miss the Colts’ next two games against the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.
Hilton would suffer both a high and a low ankle sprain Week 14 against the Texans in Houston — he finished with nine receptions for 199 yards in that game — and despite the fact he could barely practice, he didn’t miss a single game the rest of the way as the Colts continued to pile up wins and earn a postseason berth.
With two injuries to the same ankle, Hilton still managed to catch 32 passes for 628 yards and one touchdown during Indy’s final six games, including two playoff matches. That’s an average of more than five receptions and 104 yards per game.
Hilton — whose 951 receiving yards the second half of the season were tops in the NFL — was named a Pro Bowl alternate for his efforts.
Hilton now has the most “NFL Top 100 Players” appearances among all Colts wide receivers; Reggie Wayne was a two-time selection (No. 31 in 2011 and No. 21 in 2013).