DeAngelo Hall is a former American football player and current in-studio analyst on the ‘NFL Network’. The three-time Pro Bowl player has played 14 seasons in the ‘NFL’ (National Football League) as part of the ‘Atlanta Falcons’, ‘Oakland Raiders’ and ‘Washington Redskins’. He started his football career in high school, moving on to play for ‘Virginia Tech’, where he played extremely well and earned several awards. He was drafted by the ‘Atlanta Falcons’, and played for four seasons with them in the ‘defensive back’ position, before being traded off to ‘Oakland Raiders’ for half a season. Thereafter, he signed up with ‘Washington Redskins’, where he broke many records and earned the ‘Pro Bowl MVP’ title too. But a knee injury after a few years led to the end of his playing career. He holds many ‘NFL’ records, has impressive career statistics and is the recipient of many honours. After retirement, he took up guest analyst jobs for various sports networks until recently landing a fulltime analyst role with the ‘NFL Network’.
Childhood & Early Life
DeAngelo Eugene Hall was born on November 19, 1983, in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA.
He went to ‘Deep Creek High School’ in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he excelled in basketball, American football, and track and field events.
As a high school junior, he displayed impressive football skills, leading to his selection as the district offensive and defensive player of the year. He was also a first-team pick as a defensive back on the ‘All-Tidewater’ team.
As a high school senior, he led the school team to the state ‘AAA Division Six’ championship game.
He joined ‘Virginia Tech’ and had an impressive three-year career as a college football player, joining the ranks of a few elite players to score touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams during their collegiate career.
He graduated from ‘Virginia Tech’ with a major in secondary education.
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In 2004, DeAngelo Hall was drafted by the ‘Atlanta Falcons’ as the eighth pick in the first round of ‘NFL Draft’ that year.
In the 2005-06 season, he performed very well, especially when he took his new team to a fantastic victory over the ‘Philadelphia Eagles’. He also earned his first ‘Pro Bowl’ selection that year.
In 2008, he was traded off to ‘Oakland Raiders’, after which he signed a $70-million, seven-year contract with them. But his career there was short-lived due to poor performance and a disagreement over playing style. He left in November to join the ‘Washington Redskins’.
In the 2009 season, he was a free agent and signed a guaranteed $23 million, six-year contract with the ‘Washington Redskins’.
In 2010, during a match against the ‘Chicago Bears’, he tied the ‘NFL’ record of most interceptions (4), which ultimately led to a win for his team. His game jersey was displayed in the gallery of the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’.
In the 2012 season, though he gave many wins to his team, he was fined $30,000 for verbally confronting a referee during a match against the ‘Pittsburgh Steelers’.
In March 2013, after five seasons, the ‘Washington Redskins’, released him for salary cap reasons, but signed a year-long contract worth $2.25 million with him in April.
In 2014, the ‘Washington Redskins’ offered him a four-year contract extension due to his stellar performance in the previous season. But a torn Achilles tendon during a match against the ‘Philadelphia Eagles’ put an end to his 2014 season.
In the 2015 season, he led his team to victory over the ‘Philadelphia Eagles’, and created history by becoming the first player to score five touchdowns off fumble recoveries and five off interception returns.
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In 2016, during a game against the ‘New York Giants’, he tore his knee ligaments (ACL) and was relegated to the ‘injured reserve’ status. The same year, he was in the news for the seizure of his home in Virginia due to tax payment issues.
In the 2017 season, his injury from the previous season meant that he was placed on the ‘physically unable to perform’ list. Thereafter, he played only one-two games.
In the 2018 season, he announced his retirement from professional football.
In January 2019, he interviewed for coaching roles at ‘Washington Redskins’ and ‘University of Maryland’. He also served as a guest analyst for ‘Fox Sports 1’ and ‘NBC Sports Washington’ before becoming a fulltime analyst for ‘NFL Total Access’ and ‘Good Morning Football’ shows on the ‘NFL Network’ in June.
Awards & Achievements
In 2003, he was shortlisted for the ‘Jim Thorpe Award’ that honors the best defensive back college player in the country, and also earned his first-team ‘All-American’ status that year.
In 2004, he set the record for being the youngest player to return an interception for a touchdown.
He was selected to play in the ‘Pro Bowls’ thrice in his career – 2005, 2006 and 2010.
In 2011, he earned the ‘2011 Pro Bowl MVP’ title.
In 2016, he was inducted into the ‘Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.’
Family & Personal Life
DeAngelo Hall is married to his college sweetheart, Jada.
The couple has six children, most of whom are athletically inclined. His eldest son already plays high school football, his daughter is involved in gymnastics and his twin boys play tee-ball and martial arts.
In 2008, his colossal Georgia home was featured in an episode of ‘MTV Cribs’.
At high school, he had a thriving track and field career, participating in long jump, 55-metres running, sprinting, and was a member of 4x100 meters relay team too.