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Jeremy Hill enjoys Arizona stay after watching friend win offensive rookie of the year

Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill enjoyed his stay in Arizona, taking in the Super Bowl experience. At the end of the day, he watched one of his best friends and former teammates win offensive rookie of the year... an award that he was also a finalist for.

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Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill was in Glendale this week, observing and taking in the celebration that comes with the Super Bowl. Interviews upon endless interviews on radio and print media, parties with celebrities, and activities with fans, there is something for everyone and no shortage of things to do.

"It was cool meeting the troops and giving them the respect and the honor they deserve," Hill said via"(Lachey) definitely knew who I was and about the games. We exchanged info and we’ll definitely meet back up when I go back to Cincinnati."

Hill was in Arizona to attend the NFL Honors show. He was nominated for offensive rookie of the year after leading all NFL rookies in yards rushing (1,124), rushing touchdowns (nine), 20-yard runs (eight), 40-yard runs (three) and runs that generated a first down (61).

The award went to New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who "got 42 of the 50 votes". Second was Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin with seven votes while Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans got the last vote. Beckham and Hill, along with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, were teammates at LSU last year.

"We’d be in the middle of our game and they would be playing and I’d be looking up at the (scoreboard) trying to see what they’re doing, trying to see if they scored," Beckham said. "Those are like my brothers. I want to see them be successful. We’re really very tight."

Beckham said there was no competition with Hill’s five 100-yard games.

"That’s like a brother of mine, we just want to see each other do well," he said. "Look out for Jarvis, too. He’s a beast down in Miami.