By Kevin Eickman
Recently Milford football has enjoyed some fairly successful seasons. Looking back two years ago the team was runner up to Delmar in the D-II title game. At one time winning for the Buccaneers was a rarity, having a winning season was but a wish. That would finally change in 1987 as Milford would turn in a winning season, posting a 6-4 record. Under center for that team was a strapping senior quarterback named David Dill. Blessed with a cannon for an arm and quiet leadership abilities, Dill lead the Buccaneers to that elusive winning season and more than that earned quite a bit of respect along the way.
Asked about his thoughts on being named to the Hall of Fame, Dill said, “It was a bit of a surprise. If you look back it was so long ago in one way but seems like it was just yesterday in another. We had put so many losing seasons together, you kind of get the feeling that the losing will never end. We worked hard to buck that trend and finally succeeded.”
Along with playing quarterback, Dill also was called on to perform the kicking duties as well as filling in on defense from time to time. Former coach Jack Simon raved about the skills that Dill possessed. “He could pretty much do anything we needed him to. Obviously he was a tremendous athlete who got better with each game,” he said.
When Simon arrived in 1985 one of the first players he reached out to was Dill, “He had been knocked around a bit and taken some lumps as a freshman. I assured him that he was going to be our quarterback going forward. He put in the work to get better and the results got better and better on the field with each practice and each game.”
The accolades for Dill are solid as one time first team All-Conference at punter, two time second team All-Conference at quarterback and punter. He also received one time honorable mention at quarterback and three times at kicker. Dill also wrestled his freshman year and played baseball his sophomore season.
When asked about the work he put in to achieve his success, Dill was very clear about how he did it. “I made up my mind I was going to get better. I drove myself every day to improve and I did. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it when we recorded that winning season.”
The real joy for Dill was being able to do it with players he had grown up with. “We all played together starting in Pop Warner. It wasn’t just football though, it was everything. When the seasons changed, we played whatever the sport was to be played,” Dill commented. “To be able to play with that group all the way through high school was a lot of fun.”
Following Milford, Dill attended Delaware State where he turned his attention to baseball, playing three seasons for the Hornets. “I really enjoyed baseball at DSU, a lot of guys I knew were there and it had a real familiarity to it.”
Dill now lives in Harrington with his wife Christina and works for UPS.
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