Dante Hall

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Dante Hall
Dante Hall.jpg
No. 20, 82
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-09-20) September 20, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth: Lufkin, Texas
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Debuted in 2000 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Last played in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions162
Receiving yards1,747
Total return yards12,397
Total Touchdowns21
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Dante Hall
Dante Hall.jpg
No. 20, 82
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-09-20) September 20, 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth: Lufkin, Texas
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 153
Debuted in 2000 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Last played in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions162
Receiving yards1,747
Total return yards12,397
Total Touchdowns21
Stats at NFL.com

Damieon Dante Hall (born September 20, 1978) is a former American football return specialist and wide receiver who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He is considered one of the greatest return specialists in NFL history. Hall is nicknamed "X-factor" and "The Human Joystick."[1] He was a fifth round draft pick out of Texas A&M University by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2000 NFL Draft. Hall played for the Chiefs for six years before being traded to the St. Louis Rams on April 25, 2007 for the Rams' third and fifth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.[2] Hall is ranked the 10th greatest return specialist in NFL History on NFL Network's NFL Top 10 Return Aces.

College career[edit]

Hall played for Texas A&M University as a running back and return specialist.[3] His 4,707 all-purpose yards place him second in school history behind Darren Lewis.[4] He majored in Ag Leadership & Development.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Hall in the fifth-round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut on September 24, 2000 as a kick/punt returner. In five games he returned 17 kickoffs for 358 yards and six punts for 37 yards.[4][5]

He spent the spring of 2001 playing in NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores as a wide receiver. He led the league with 26 kickoff returns for 635 yards and was second in punt returns with 15 for 177 yards and second in combined net yards with 1,286.[4]

In 2002, Hall had his first NFL touchdown off a 60-yard reception at the New York Jets on October 6, 2002.[6] Hall returned 1 kickoff and 2 punts for touchdowns. His two touchdowns off punt returns tied him for first in Chief franchise history. The 2002 NFL season earned Hall his first NFL Pro Bowl, being selected as a kick returner.[4] Hall became the second player in NFL history to return a kickoff and a punt return for a touchdown in the same game.[citation needed]

In 2003, Hall returned a kickoff or a punt for a touchdown four games in a row, which is an NFL record.[6] The most memorable moment of the season came against the Denver Broncos in which he reversed direction 2 times to evade the entire special teams unit en route to a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown. Some observers thought that the play should have been called back due to an illegal block in the back. In the playoffs that year against the Indianapolis Colts, Hall had another kickoff return for a touchdown, giving him 5 for the year, as well as a receiving touchdown. Hall was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl as a kick/punt returner for his second time.[4]

In 2004, Hall touched the ball eight times for 242 yards vs. the San Diego Chargers on November 28, 2004. His six kickoff returns for 233 yards with a 96-yard touchdown in the game set a career-high. On December 19, 2004, he returned the opening kickoff 97-yards for a touchdown. This touchdown made him the Chiefs' franchise leader in career kickoff return touchdowns and career special teams touchdowns. During the 2004 NFL season, Hall set single-season Chiefs' franchise records with 68 kickoff returns and career-high 1,718 kickoff return yards.[6]

In 2005, in a memorable game against the Denver Broncos, Hall appeared to be on his way to a kickoff return for a touchdown, but he surprisingly fumbled the ball without being touched by a defensive player. With a touchdown on a kickoff return against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 2, 2005, he tied four players, among them Ollie Matson and Gale Sayers, for the most career kickoff return touchdowns, with six. That record stood until Joshua Cribbs broke it in 2009. Hall's sixth return was also his 10th return touchdown, placing him third in that category behind Brian Mitchell (13) and Eric Metcalf (12).

In 2006, Hall had two kickoff returns for 86 yards and three punt returns for seven yards in Week 12 vs. the Denver Broncos on November 23, 2006. This game made him the sixth player to have 10,000 career kick return yards. Hall played his second postseason game at Indianapolis on January 6, 2007, in a rematch from the 2003 Divisional Playoffs.[6]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

In 2007, Hall was traded along with a third-round draft pick to the St. Louis Rams for their third and fifth-round draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Hall tied Metcalf on September 30, 2007 against the Dallas Cowboys with his 12th return touchdown. On October 7, 2008, Hall injured his ankle vs. the Arizona Cardinals, missing four games. He further aggravated his ankle on October 25, 2008, vs. the Seattle Seahawks and was placed on injured reserve.[7] He was not resigned to a contract at the end of the year.

NFL stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[8]

YearTeamGamesReceptionsTargetsYardsYards per ReceptionLongest ReceptionTouchdownsFirst DownsFumblesFumbles Lost
2002KC1620-32216.17531100
2003KC1640-42310.66711600
2004KC1625-2309.22201500
2005KC1634-43612.85231900
2006KC1526402047.81921500
2007STL7512275.4120200
2008STL812181058.8200700
Career112162701,74710.87598500

Returning Stats[8]

YearTeamGamesPunt Return AttemptsPunt Return YardsPunts Returned for TOuchdownPunts Fair CaughtLongest Punt ReturnKickoff Return AttemptsKickoff REturn YardsKickoffs Returned for TouchdownKickoffs Fair CaughtLongest Kickoff Return
2000KC56370522173580036
2001KC13322350626439690071
2002KC162939021190571,3541088
2003KC162947221493571,47820100
2004KC162323201746681,7182097
2005KC16422760652651,5601096
2006KC15272401660531,2070060
2007STL7192861685297290084
2008STL89930134377630041
Career1122162,2616729342610,13660100

Rushing Stats[8]

YearTeamGamesAttemptsYardsYards per CarryLongest CarryTouchdownsFirst DownsFumblesFumbles Lost
2001KC132105.060100
2002KC1611544.9210400
2003KC1616734.6160500
2004KC168567.0170200
2005KC167111.670000
2006KC153113.790000
2007STL73186.090200
2008STL8492.3100200
Career112542424.52101600

Media[edit]

Hall is the co-author of Dante Hall: X-Factor, a book that details his journey from Texas A&M running back to one of the best kick returners in the NFL. He is mentioned in Lil Wayne's song "Dipset (Reppin Time)" in the line "I'm like Dante Hall, I just throw up the X." Hall appeared as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman on October 30, 2003.

Nicknames[edit]

Hall has established many nicknames in his career, perhaps the best known being "X-factor", referring to how whenever he scored a touchdown he would cross his forearms to resemble an "x". Hall was also known as "The Human Joystick", referring to the agility he showed during returns.

In 2006, The Kansas City Star stated in an article that "'The Human Joystick' is as outdated as Atari", referring to his less-than-stellar 2006 season, his last with the Chiefs.[9]

Chiefs franchise records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Lee (February 1, 2007). "Bears' Hester Emerges From the Tall Grass". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Rams deal fifth-round pick for Hall". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Dante Hall". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on 2002-08-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Dante' Hall #82". NFL Players. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Chiefs' Hall comes back strong after miscue". Archived from the original on 2000-08-22. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Dante Hall". St. Louis Rams profile. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Return specialist Hall latest Rams player to land on injured list". ESPN. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  8. ^ a b c "Dante Hall Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  9. ^ http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2006/12/08/is-the-human-joystick-as-outdated-as-atari/
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Kansas City Chiefs Franchise Encyclopedia". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 

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