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DeAngelo Hall officially announces retirement

By The Sports Xchange
DeAngelo Hall officially announces retirement
Former Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) tries to tackle New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle during a game in 2015. Photo by Rich Kane/UPI | License Photo

The retirement of cornerback DeAngelo Hall was reported in the spring, but he held a press conference Wednesday to make it official.

Despite being named to three Pro Bowls during his 14 NFL seasons, he is not a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. He offered one thing that might have helped his bid for the Hall.

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"If I could have played against Jay Cutler more, I probably would be in the Hall of Fame by now, but it didn't quite work out," he said

Hall, 34, had four interceptions in a game against Cutler in 2010, returning one for a touchdown in a 17-14 Washington victory over Chicago.

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"Yes guys, so you probably have heard, I'm sure you heard months ago, but after 14 seasons of professional football, I will be officially retiring today," he said. "I was joking around a little bit and so I told someone, a statement, that I was doing an interview with Sports Illustrated and I said I was always taught, even as a young kid, I came into this league at 20 years old and I had a room full of veteran guys and no one was intimidated, no one was scared, prideful, of me coming in and taking their spot. It was open arms. I was taught every bit of knowledge that I was able to keep passing down along the lines and I've always said, 'When I retire, it's going to be because I felt like I've taught the guys behind me.'"

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