DeAngelo Hall clears up premature reports of his retirement

Chris Lingebach
May 14, 2018 - 11:55 pm
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Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall tells 106.7 The Fan he is not officially retiring, clarifying remarks he made earlier Monday at teammate Ryan Kerrigan's charity golf outing.

According to John Keim of ESPN and Michael Phillips of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hall said he was "done" with football, adding later, "I'm not playing. That's for damn sure. But yeah, all the other stuff is still on the table."

All the "other stuff" Hall was referring to were the post-playing-career options he's been mulling over, which, as he told Keim and Phillips, include the possibilities of getting into coaching, a front office role someplace, or serving as a television analyst.

"John was asking me some questions," Hall explained to Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan. "The biggest question was, 'Hey. What's next?'

"I'm like, 'Well, you know, I don't really think I want to play football.' I don't know if I said I know I'm not playing football, but I said I don't know if I'm playing football, but I've got a lot of TV offers, some radio things going on, some front-office executive opportunities, and so I'm still kind of weighing those options, but I don't think I want to play football. Or, 'I don't know if I'm going to play football' might have been my exact words."

"And that was while I was practicing on the practice tee," Hall said. "By the time I got in my cart and I was getting ready to get with my group, I was bombarded by text message after text message: 'Congratulations!' And I'm like, bro, what is going on? What just happened? And so it kind of just snowballed from there."

While Hall did not question the veracity of what the reporters quoted him as saying -- in fact, he agreed they had probably quoted him correctly, and also vouched for their credibility -- he was certain to clarify that, standing on the tee box and already late, he felt hurried to get his warmup cuts in and may not have entirely thought through what he was saying for public record.

At one point, Hall even mentioned his desire to wait for the right moment to announce his next move -- whatever that may be -- and wanting to not impinge on the recent retirement announcement of longtime Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. Hall also said if he were to announce his retirement, he'd like the opportunity to make it more formally, in the presence of those who brought him into the Redskins organization.

"Like I was telling everybody else, am I done playing football? I'm probably 95 percent sure I'm done playing football," Hall said. "But I wanted to do it the right way. I wanted to give the Redskins organization the respect they deserve and obviously do it with them when the time was right. I wanted to wait until I either signed my national deal with the network, before I made that official announcement, and I wanted to do it at a press conference."

Hall hinted at the national deal he might be waiting on, telling 106.7 The Fan he'd recently held a meeting with NFL Network "a couple weeks ago."

"You know, I was in LA with NFL Network a couple weeks ago and I wanted to do it then, but the time wasn't right," he said. "Jason Witten had just announced (his retirement). I didn't want to take anything away from him and so I just wanted to wait for the right opportunity for myself to do it. I kind of wanted to go out, I wanted my one last hurrah, and so I didn't want to announce it over social media or anywhere else besides in that Redskins building, that I've spent the last 10 years of my career, on stage with the group of guys who brought me there."

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