DeAngelo Hall retires

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That is a ton of time in the NFL!

I hope he has set himself up with a nice nest egg and can enjoy his retirement!

I still get chills thinking of him plucking the ball out of mid air from Parrish and housing it

HE SAID GIVE IT TO ME ROSCOE!!

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Wouldn't be surprised at all to see him in an assistant coaching position soon, either in college or the pros.

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I think a position just opened up recently

D-Hall and Hamilton can be co-co-DCs. The NFL experience would surely help on the recruiting trail.

I believe he has openly stated that he would like to coach after his NFL career is over.

A buddy just ran into him at a movie theater (Avengers Infinity War) and have him a "Go Hokies" and a quick question regarding his plans...TV was his answer

Good luck to him, but in the interest of complete disclosure, talking with players from that era and those in the next generation (04-08) most do not say positive things about Hall at that point in his life. On the field, he may have been my least favorite Hokie not named Marcus Vick. I will never wash the taste of him running away from trying to tackle Heath Miller as Miller started to turn upfield on a crossing route in 2003. I know that Miami game has become more with VT fans. But that 2003 season saw the program almost lose it's ethos. Never did a VT team do so little with so much talent. It is a tribute that the 2004 team got the train back on the tracks and it is no accident that it happened with guys like Hall and Vick absent.

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Also, in the interest of fairness, his reputation is that he became much better in the locker room after coming to DC. I wish him well. But I can do without him being an assistant coach or having a "your a famous alum here is a job" with the program.

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That may all be true but I know the last few years he has been beating the "Come to VT you won't regret it" drum extremely hard. Any former player who does that (NFL fame or not) is 100% OK in my book.

"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

I'd welcome him with open arms.

He had an attitude, for sure, but he was also supremely talented and has a body of work to prove it. You said yourself that his reputation in the locker room has improved. There is no question at all in my mind that he knows a LOT about football. I have to believe he could help with recruiting.

"I used to be a knucklehead and I've been better off since I changed" is a strong message coming from someone who made tens of millions in the NFL

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I have to side with you, French. Thanks for the good memories, DH, but there are other character guys who have not needed rehabilitation. To forgive is divine, and he's forgiven. But I just can't yet trust him. Let's bring back the Fullers. In any capacity.

I won't fault a player how he acted 14 years ago, at least in this diva-sense and especially how he's seemed to have done a 180 since then. That's seems like a grudge not worth having, especially how I think back to how i acted when I was his age.

180 since when? I was watching a game just a few years ago where he was getting beat, and he was getting frustrated. How did he handle himself? He started a fight with the receiver, grabbed him by the facemask and threw him to the ground. IIRC he was ejected. He has a hot temper, always has. He'll have to prove that he can control that before becoming a coach to impressionable 18-21 year old kids.

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

I was watching a game just a few years ago

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And yeah as a CB / DB in the league you always talk trash / act differently off the field. I've seen enough outside of such an incident where I think he'd be an asset. If I recall, doesn't PSU or OSU have a former player who's a coach that was also a jerk on the field? Maybe a single incident is enough for you to judge someone but it isn't for me.

IIRC, it was a Monday night game against the Steelers. I don't remember the year. He may be a great guy (I hope that he is) but he has a history of such incidents, and as a coach, his actions will make a greater impression than his words.

And there's a difference between trash talking and throwing someone to the ground by their facemask. You've gotta show some control.

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

Again - you're taking an (alleged) single incident and blowing it out of proportion. Look at TV personalities and other players who were similarly aggressive and are absolutely pleasant off the field. There are examples of players who fit that mold. And Hall has been a vocal supporter and great ambassador to Tech off the field. I'm not saying he'd be a great coach (yet), but you can't dismiss him just because he's been aggressive on the field. How many coaches, I wonder, were similarly aggressive / hotheaded when they were a player themselves but now are completely different with maturity and age.

I'm not dismissing him, or pigeon holeing him. I'm just saying that, in my opinion, he would have to prove he could control his temper before he should get a shot as a coach of very impressionable young men.

He would also have to overcome the players looking up videos of some of his less favorable actions, and be able to address them.

But that's all just opinion anyway. I wish him the best.

There is nothing in the world like Thursday night in Blacksburg!

Similar sentiments have been said before on other threads, but I wouldn't want to be judged today based on my behavior, maturity, and choices when I was 18- 21 years old.

While I cannot speak to his behavior on the field / locker room or contributions to that 2003 team's demise, I also have to give credit to DHall for his off-field reputation.

Of all of the bad characters and bad decisions that came in that decade, De'Angelo (to my knowledge) has no off-field issues. In fact, all accounts are that he is a pretty low-key, upstanding citizen that is cool to kids, gives back to his community and doesn't do anything to embarrass himself or the organizations he represents (going back to him being a freshman at Tech). He had a big attitude and edge on the field but seems like he left it on the field. That may be a low bar to set, but a lot of guys can't clear it.

I'm happy he had a successful career and wishing him the best gong forward. Great representative for VT and still one of the most exciting players to watch (especially, as he was waiting for a punt).

Friend of mine pointed out at the end of the '04 season that if you go back and look at the '03 season, the more MeAngelo (his phrase, not mine) was involved in the game the worse our record was.

I'm a Redskins fan and while I don't wish anyone ill, it took a while for me to get over my distaste for him at VT and actually root for him.

It's not healthy to hold a grudge this long, especially against someone that never directly hurt you.

He was a dumb college kid at the time. He's a grown man in his thirties now with a great off the field reputation. You're acting like he held you down and force fed you a block of cheese yesterday.

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-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

The whole 2003 team was a locker room nightmare. A good friend of mine was listening to Frank Beamer talk, and CFB said they were constantly pulling guys off of each other. He said they'd fight in the locker room, meetings, meals, etc. I remember after Delo got ejected for fighting in the Miami game, Keith Willis was trying to say something to him, and you can very clearly hear Delo yelling "haul ass" at him (meaning go away), and Jimmy Williams is also yelling something at Willis. That team was a walking timebomb.

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the current team is not that much different...

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Is this a real problem with our current players? If so, is this being used against us and causing recruiting issues

first i've heard.... sauces?

Hm, I don't get that vibe from this team. You could tell that the 2003 team hated each other and did whatever they wanted with no regard to what the coaching staff was telling them to do. It seems that the current group of guys we have like each other, and, with the exception of one or two players, don't cause problems in the locker room or with the coaching staff.

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my sauce said there's a certain player who is working on pissing off the whole team and even started a fight in which he broke a bottle over another player's head...and then promptly got jumped by two other players who beat the shit out of him. Hardly playful...

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Well I hope he gets reprimanded for that! That sounds insane. You can't have that going on within a team.

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last i heard, the dickhead's dad was threatening to sue the guys who did the beating. I hope CJF gets a handle on this crap and any day now we're all asking why a certain player is off the team without explanation.

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Just tell me the fight wasn't over Keihn, Reavis, and McMillian's lady friend.

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High profile, or low profile player?

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what is this, 20 questions? High enough profile that we'd all recognize the name. Not so high profile that if he got kicked to the curb we'd all give up on the upcoming season. And that's all I'm sharing unless we hear an announcement that he's no longer with the program.

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Ok...does he have a mustache?

I inherited one of his Nike Dry Fit shirts when I started working for the team. Still use it to this day. Disgusting I know.

Funny thing, he came to visit the team at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and rolled up in a Rolls Royce with a driver and everything.

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So this is my 'cool DHall story.'

When I attended football camp in 2000, I met DeAngelo (he and Chris Clifton stayed in the dorm next to mine and were rising seniors in high school); we hung out a lot with he and Chris during the week. My roommate had brought down a PlayStation 2 for the week, so we had some fierce NCAA Football 2001 games between the 4 of us.

After our DB position session in the afternoon, he and I were walking back to the dorms before dinner, and saw Vick coming out of the Merryman Center. Mike saw DHall and told him to come down and say what's up, so I was like "I'll catch you later." (thinking he was gonna head into the lockerroom or something as a 'player only access.') He said "Nah man, come down and meet Mike with me!"

So my wow moment was being 14 years old, meeting and hanging out with Michael Vick and De'Angelo Hall. To cap it off, Mike and DHall and I tossed the football around for a few minutes and Mike signed my Sports Illustrated that I was carrying around in my camp bag, just in case I saw him. By far one of the coolest experiences I've had in Blacksburg. I know he is known to not be the best teammate later on, but during that week, he was pretty awesome to my roommate and I.

Best of luck to DHall.

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Beats my DHall story...in middle school, I picked off a pass intended for him. That is all.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Thank You.

What was great about that was that DLo was the corner on the opposite side of the field and still made the play.

I've never actually tracked him for that entire play and never realized where he started from. It is amazing to watch that.

Maybe??

Less than two hours later, ESPN.com had this article

Speaking at the Ryan Kerrigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society golf tournament, Hall said he is still wrestling with what he wants to do post-football. He is deciding between joining a front office or becoming an analyst.

But, he said: "I'm not playing, that's for damn sure."

Chem PhD '16

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"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

When I think of Beamerball, few stick out as prominently as DHall. In 2002, he returned both an INT and a punt for touchdowns in the same game. Against Syracuse In 2003, he returned two punts for touchdowns (in the same quarter!) and had a 20+ yard rushing TD.

Macho Harris, particularly 2007 vs Clemson?

(To be fair, I didn't start watching Hokie football until my freshman year, 2004)

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Thanks Frank!

They were very similar players. Thick, rangy, athletic DBs with great ball skills.

DeAngelo Hall was more athletic and faster, so he was a great NFL prospect. But Macho had just as good of a college career. Both were All-Americans, if I remember right.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

Macho was a twig compared to D-Hall.

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Macho was most definitely not THICC.

DeAngelo Hall: DBs (CBs) & STs Coach. Yep. Fits & works perfectly.

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Well, is he retiring or not?

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I ran into him last year at an event I was at and we talked for a while. He stated then that he was thinking of retiring and wanted to work in Washington's front office if possible.

Was truly a classy guy though. Talked about family and all that stuff. He has a bunch of kids now.

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