Defensive back DeAngelo Hall formally announced his retirement Wednesday after 14 NFL seasons.
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) reacts after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against the New York Jets at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Hall intercepted 43 passes and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection while playing for the Atlanta Falcons (2004-07), Oakland Raiders (2008) and Washington Redskins (2009-17).
Hall told reporters in mid-May he was retiring, but spoke at length Wednesday, and touched on how he knew it was time to move on.
“When I felt like I couldn’t make plays or be the same player that I always thought I was, I knew it was time to go,” Hall said. “You know last season, it was a lot of ups and downs for myself personally. … I can make a lot of excuses but at the end of the day, you know Father Time catches up with us all.”
Hall tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 3 of the 2016 season and did not return to the field until last November, finishing the season with 14 tackles and two passes defensed while starting two of five games.
Hall, 34, was the eighth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft.
—Field Level Media