An Ohio native, Hillary was initially picked up by the Bengals as a free agent after not being selected in the NFL Draft. He failed to make the final roster, but spent time on their practice squad.
Hillary was a two-time all-Big Ten selection at Wisconsin, a 2015 consensus honorable mention while earning second-team honors by the coaches, honorable mention by the media in 2014. He played in 54 career games -- including 40 starts — the former tied for most in program history. He is the 25th former Badger on an active NFL roster.