DeAngelo Hall Calls It a Career
After 14 roller coaster seasons in the NFL, DeAngelo Hall announced his retirment. This is something that was expected, but still comes as a shock nonetheless.
Hall was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st round of the 2004 draft out of Virginia Tech. In 2008, Atlanta traded him to the Oakland Raiders for their 2008 second round pick and a 2009 fifth round pick. Hall’s time in Oakland was short lived as he was cut on November 5th due to not fitting into the Raiders man-to-man defensive scheme.
Once Hall was released by the Raiders, he signed a one year deal with the Redskins to finish out the 2008 season. From there, he signed a six year deal with the Redskins once he hit free agency in 2009. After a spectacular first five years on the field with Washington, the Redskins rewarded Hall with a four year extension. However, there were questions at the time of his demeanor and attitude in the locker room. That deemed the DC sports media to nickname him “MeAngelo.” He corrected this perception by becoming a leader on and off the field.
From 2014 on, it was all down hill.
Hall tore his Achilles tendon three games into the 2014 season and was never the same player. He returned in the 2015 season with a shift to the Safety position. But, Hall only played in eleven games and showed signs of slowing down. 2016 and 2017 were both lost seasons due to a torn ACL in 2016. Hall returned from the PUP list in Week 9 of 2017 and finished the season as the starting Safety.
A Turn at Coaching?
There have been talks of keeping Hall on staff as a coach with the Redskins. This would make all the sense in the world. Hall has a high football IQ and someone that could be a future head coach. The players on the roster respect him, and he could be a guiding force for the younger players.
DeAngelo Hall could very well see his name in the Redskins Ring of Honor one day. It will have been well earned and deserved.