Putting DeAngelo Hall's football career into perspective

Retirement can have a certain finality to it. It’s because it’s so tough for veteran athletes to complete those words.

For all intents and purposes, former Hokies and long-time Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall retired Monday, finale a 14-year NFL career. Then he walked it behind a little.

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However it plays out, Hall maintains he’s played his final football game, capping a career that was among a best ever for a actor who attended Virginia Tech. The eighth collect altogether in a 2004 NFL Draft, still a top a Hokie has been comparison given Michael Vick went No. 1 altogether in 2001, Hall played 171 career games with 160 starts for a Falcons, Raiders and Redskins.

He done 3 Pro Bowls in his career, dual with a group that drafted him (the Falcons in 2005 and ’06) and one with a group he spent a longest apportionment of his career (the Redskins in 2010).

He had 43 career interceptions, a many of any active actor before to his retirement. That’s tied for 63rd all time. He matched an NFL record with 4 in one diversion in 2010, a attainment not discontinued by a fact that he victimized Bears quarterback Jay Cutler all afternoon.

And he’s a usually NFL actor to lapse 5 fumbles and interception for touchdowns, a flexibility that hearkens behind to his Virginia Tech days. His 10 non-offensive touchdowns rank 18th all-time in a NFL.

Hall told a Richmond Times-Dispatch he doesn’t cruise he had a Hall of Fame career, entrance adult only short. Injuries singular him to 5 or fewer games in 3 of his final 4 seasons, all though guaranteeing that, though he still had one of a some-more storied NFL careers of anybody who came from Virginia Tech.

In terms of Pro Bowls, only Bruce SmithMichael Vick, Duane Brown and Kam Chancellor went to more. He was a primary starter for 10 seasons. Only Smith, Carroll Dale and Shayne Graham did so longer. Using a weighted career estimate value stat on Pro Football Reference, Hall had a sixth many profitable NFL career of a former Hokie, behind Smith, Vick, Dale, Brown and Antonio Freeman.

That’s utterly an fulfilment for someone saddled with a “MeAngelo” nickname progressing in his career, who had a reckless exit from Atlanta and a scattered half deteriorate with Oakland before anticipating a long-term home in Washington. With a Redskins, he seemed to mature.

Hall’s football exploits go all a approach behind to his time during Deep Creek High and his All-American career during Virginia Tech. At a propagandize famed for a success during producing defensive backs, he’s got a explain to being a best a module has ever had. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster still speaks about his jaunty exploits with a zealous tinge (Hall’s 40 time in a low 4.3s is among a fastest ever for a Hokie), and only Brandon Flowers, who was a two-time All-American, would even seem to have an evidence to be in a same judgment as Hall as a best cornerback to come out of Blacksburg.

Above all else, Hall had a nose for a ball. When Greg Stroman had his run of several earnings for touchdowns in new years, Hall’s luminosity 15 years progressing came into full perspective once again. Stroman had 6 lapse touchdowns in his career (four punts, one interception, one fumble). Hall still binds Virginia Tech’s record with 7 (five punts, one interception, one fumble), and he did it in 3 years.

That includes his many famous moment, a “Give it to me, Roscoe” frame and measure when Virginia Tech put an fatiguing finish to Miami’s 39-game unchanging deteriorate winning strain in 2003 with a 31-7 dispersion in Lane Stadium. Hall set a tinge in that game.

Hall’s uncertain of what he’ll do in a future, mentioning to reporters that he’s deliberation being a “TV commentator, partner manager or front-office executive.” For those meditative he could come to Virginia Tech, cruise that he done $77 million in his personification career, and a college partner pursuit — with a exhausting hours and clearly everlasting recruiting responsibilities — is roughly never a post-playing end for guys who done it large in a league.

Virginia Tech would be correct to have him around whenever it could, however. He’s got a design on a wall in a indoor trickery for a reason and seems like he’s a good envoy for a program.

Whatever his destiny holds, his bequest during Virginia Tech has been cemented for a while: he’s one of a best to ever play for a Hokies.

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