Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall announced his retirement from football today at the age of 34, after 14 seasons in the NFL. The last ten of those NFL seasons were spent with the Washington Redskins, who acquired him after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders in the middle of the 2008 season.
Hall retires as the longest-tenured player on the Redskins roster.
Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall said "I'm done" playing football. Hall, 34, was expected to retire but had not made it official. He's weighing offers to join a front office or work in TV.https://t.co/ECsOiO6din
— John Keim (@john_keim) May 14, 2018
A native of Virginia and an alum of Virginia Tech University, Hall was welcomed back to the DC area by Skins fans and never left, signing multiple contracts to say with Washington, where he eventually took on the mantle of something of an elder statesman on the team. Hall started 95 games for the Redskins.
Since Hall entered the league in 2004, his 43 interceptions are behind only Ed Reed (52), Charles Woodson (50), and Asante Samuel (49).
A big playmaker as a cornerback, Hall returned five interceptions for touchdowns and returned five fumbles for touchdowns.
Hall wanted to be a Hall of Fame player, but understands he fell short of that lofty standard as a player.
”I had a vision of a gold jacket, but the injuries the last couple years have been very hard on me,” said Hall. “So that’s kind of out of the question now. But who’s to say I can’t get in there some other way? That’s kind of my focus. I still want a gold jacket, whether I can get one as an exec, a coach – I’m going to get me a damn gold jacket, believe that.”