Three-time Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall has announced his plans to retire before the 2018 season.
The Washington Redskins’ defensive back called it quits after 14 years in a decision that had been lingering throughout the offseason. The 34-year-old is now mulling options in the media, as a coach or in a front office. The Redskins are believed to have a front-office position for Hall.
The announcement was made at Ryan Kerrigan’s charity golf outing on Monday.
“I’ve been meeting and talking with a little bit of everybody,” said Hall, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Organizations to networks. I’m still undecided as of now. “I’m not playing. That’s for damn sure. But yeah, all the other stuff is still on the table.”
Hall’s 43 career interceptions ranked first among active players and 63rd in NFL history. He returned five of those for touchdowns, the 31st most all-time.
Hall spent nine full seasons in Washington and was the longest tenured player on the roster. He joined the team in 2008 as one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the league and switched to safety late in his career. His 23 interceptions in his time with the Redskins are 10th in franchise history. Since Hall was a rookie in 2004, only Ed Reed (52), Charles Woodson (49) and Asante Samuel (49) have had more interceptions.
“I had a vision of a gold jacket, but the injuries the last couple years have been very hard on me,” Hall told the Times-Dispatch. “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 [executive], a coach — I’m going to get me a damn gold jacket, believe that.”
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Kareem Copeland