Following his role in getting Mississippi to remove the Confederate logo from its state flag, Kylin Hill’s legacy in the state of Mississippi will forever extend well beyond the gridiron.

Now the SEC’s leading returning rusher has been honored by his hometown of Columbus, Miss., as the city recently presented the Mississippi State running back with the key to the city. Hill’s outstanding ability to run the ball did not play a part in the decision, the honor came following his integral part in getting the state to change its state flag.

During a recent interview shared on YouTube by Paul Jones, Hill was asked what this honor means to him.

“It shows how they really feel about me,” Hill answered. “I’ve been claiming it since I was born here, I know where I’m from, I’m not ashamed of where I’m from and I love where I’m from.”

Hill was then asked about the support he received from Mississippi State’s athletic leadership and about the campaign my Mississippi schools to speak at the state capital in Jackson to issue their support to have the state flag changed.

“Nothing but positive stuff,” Hill added. “(MSU AD John Cohen) and President Keenum was the first to text me that they were 100 percent behind me. They never doubted the situation, told me they were going to help me. They were all open ears to hear me out.”

According to Hill, it was always a goal of his to have the state flag changed.