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Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill has done a lot of tough things in his life, but Monday morning might have been his toughest.

Fighting back tears, the 68-year old announced that he will be retire this spring. The end will mark 31 years of service to the University of Utah. Hill, who was 37 years old when he took the job in 1987, was the longest tenured FBS athletic director in the country.

“Chris Hill leaves a tremendous legacy at the University of Utah,” school president Ruth Watkins said in a statement.

It wasn’t known by many, but Hill turned down several offers to become the AD at several other Power 5 schools, but it wasn’t always about the money and fame.

“Happiness isn’t all about money and prestige,” Hill said. “All of us who have worked in Utah athletics knew this place was a sleeping giant and we never gave up hope that we could get it done here. My wife Kathy and I love living in Salt Lake City and raising our family here.”

Hill’s announcement made waves throughout the country as colleagues, media members and former University of Utah athletes praised him for his accomplishments over the past three decades.

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