The longest-tenured Redskin is hanging it up.
DeAngelo Hall, who has been with the team since midway through the 2008 season, has announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday — according to multiple reports — ending the playing phase of his career, anyway.
Hall, whose contract with Washington expired at the end of the season, has battled injuries the past few years and there wasn’t a role for him in the Redskins’ defense. At the end of the 2018 season, he left open the possibility of trying to make another team, but in the end, he decided that 171 games over 15 seasons with the Redskins, Raiders and Falcons was enough.
Hall has talked about pursuing a second career in media or in a team's front office.
In his 10 seasons in Washington, Hall played in 106 games and snagged 23 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. But perhaps his most memorable plays came on fumble recoveries he returned for touchdowns. In the 2010 season opener, he recovered a Dallas fumble just before halftime and rolled 32 yards for a touchdown, which was the Redskins’ only one in their 13-7 win. And his 17-yard scoop and score against the Eagles won the game that clinched the 2015 NFC East title for the Redskins.
His signature game with the Redskins came in 2010, when he picked off the Bears’ Jay Cutler four times in one contest, tying an NFL record for interceptions in a single game. To top it off, Hall returned one of the interceptions 92 yards for the winning points. That performance helped him get to the Pro Bowl that year and he walked away with MVP honors in that contest.
That 2010 season capped a run where Hall made three Pro Bowls in six years. He did not appear in any after that. Hall did not miss a game from 2010-2013, and he picked off 17 passes in those four seasons. But in Week 3 of the 2014 season, he suffered a torn Achilles and that set off a run of injury problems that were almost certainly a factor in his decision to retire from playing. He had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games in 2015, and an ACL tear knocked him out for the last 13 matchups in the 2016 season, as well as the first seven games of last season.
Even though he was not as productive on the field in his later years as he had been earlier in his career — he has not intercepted a pass since 2013 — Hall was valued by the organization for his leadership and his mentoring of young players. Nearly every year, there was talk that the Redskins would go with a younger and cheaper option in the defensive backfield, but they couldn’t let go of Hall. Even with the zero interceptions in the last four years, his 23 interceptions as a Redskin have him tied for seventh in team history.
Before coming to Washington, Hall played in 57 games and made two Pro Bowls for the Falcons, who made him the eighth overall pick of the draft when he came out of Virginia Tech in 2004. He was traded to the Raiders in 2008, but he lasted just eight games there before he was cut. The Redskins were hurting for talent in the defensive backfield and they scooped up Hall.
The rest is Redskins history.
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