One of Virginia’s shining sons, Washington Redskins three-time Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall, is hanging up his cleats after 14 lit seasons competing against prolific receivers in the NFL's Golden Era of passing.
The 5-foot-10 workhorse from Chesapeake Virginia is in a rare class as far as being a ballhawk is concerned. He had a rep as an antagonist, a trash-talking instigator and extremely cocky. His flamboyance and his resilience is what contributed to Hall becoming one of the game's great showman on the defensive side of the ball.
For Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the stakes have never been higher. At 31, already past the peak age for most corners, Hall is working to come back from a season-ending achilles injury. When Hall burst on the scene as a rookie in 2004 he quickly made a name for himself: "MeAngelo."
He was a pro and put in major work during the first decade of his career with the Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Skins.
Since DeAngelo Hall's rookie season in 2004, the only players with more interceptions than his 43 are Ed Reed (52), Charles Woodson (50), and Asante Samuel (49), per @EpKap.
Hall, the 8th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech by the Atlanta Falcons said in a radio interview Monday evening he is “probably 95 percent sure” he will retire before the 2018 NFL season, amending the statement he gave Richmond Times-Dispatch reporters at a charity golf outing earlier in the day. “I’m not playing. That’s for damn sure,” Hall said.
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I seriously doubt that Hall is returning. He hasn’t been able to get on the field, playing in just 22 games since 2014. His last full 16 game season was in 2013. It was also the last season Hall recorded an interception. He’s pretty much done. I just don’t think that he wanted the information to leak this way. He wants the pomp and circumstances and he wanted to speak to the Redskins directly because apparently, they aren't ready to cut ties yet.
DeAngelo Hall has not yet officially decided to retire despite reports.
“...I wanted to do it the right way. I wanted to give the Washington Redskins organization the respect they deserve and obviously do it with them when the time was right. … And I wanted to do it at a press conference. I was in L.A. with NFL Network a couple weeks ago and I wanted to do it then, but the time wasn’t right. [Former Dallas Cowboys tight end] Jason Witten had just announced. I didn’t want to take anything away from him.”
The Redskins are believed to have a front-office position open for Hall if he wants it. Hall is a natural fit for TV and reports say he’s considering offers in the media or as a coach or front office executive.
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