On Tuesday, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was featured in ESPN's show E:60. The premise of Hall's segment -- titled "Deconstructing DeAngelo" -- was essentially that the 31-year-old is one of the more misunderstood players in the NFL, and ESPN reporter Lisa Salters wanted to talk with Hall in-depth to learn more about his divisive nature.
Other topics covered in the feature were Hall's recovery from his torn Achilles, the tragic death of his brother when Hall was just 10, and Hall having to grow up without his father, who left when Hall was just a few months old. It had a run time of about 20 minutes.
Aside from painting a more complete picture of the 'Skins corner, the show brought to light some truly terrific stories about the veteran. But if you missed out on it, don't worry: Like any good safety does for his cornerbacks, we've got your back.
Here are the best bits and pieces from the feature:
- Hall is a big fan of art, and has a collection of four original Picasso's in his home. For someone with kids, having such priceless works around the house is a risky proposition, but it sounds like so far, they've remained in mint condition.
- A few players were asked for their first impressions of Hall. Former Redskin Santana Moss said, "When I first saw him in Atlanta, he was very cocky." Ryan Clark, meanwhile, was a bit more harsh in his assessment: "I think the perception was, he was -- you know -- kind of a turd."
- Some of Hall's top highlights from high school were shown, and a few of his statistics were brought up along with the tape, too. How dominant was he? Well, as a senior, he rushed for over 1,300 yards, scored 30 touchdowns, and picked off nine passes. He earned first team All-State honors as both a defensive back and kick returner. Smart choice by the voters there.
- One time, when a recruiter from Virginia Tech came to see Hall play, Hall told the recruiter, "This one's for you," then proceeded to take back the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Not too shabby of a first impression for the high schooler.
- There was a brief review of the time back in 2007 when Hall committed three penalties for 67 yards against the Panthers -- on one drive. For Redskins fans who complain that the cornerback gets flagged too much, it was a nice reminder that things can always be worse.
- After tearing his Achilles last year in Week 2, Hall thought about retiring because "it was the easy thing to do." He ultimately didn't however, because he felt like he owed it to himself to "give it another shot."
- The final noteworthy quote came near the end of the piece when Hall talked about his contract. "I make just enough money where I know they aren't gonna keep me around for my smile." He'll be competing for the starting job, opposite of Chris Culliver, with Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson all preseason long.