DeAngelo Hall & Brian Mitchell, Washington Redskins stars, signing copies of NFL Dads
*6/19/10 3:00 PM at Costco – South Fern Street. Arlington, VA.
DeAngelo Eugene Hall (born November 19, 1983 in Chesapeake, Virginia) is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons eighth overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Falcons, Hall also played for the Oakland Raiders.
Hall attended Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he lettered in high school football, basketball and in track and field.
As a junior at Deep Creek, Hall averaged 9.8 yards a carry as a running back and had seven interceptions as a cornerback. He was chosen as the district offensive and defensive player of the year and was a first-team pick as a defensive back on the All-Tidewater team.
As a senior, Hall scored 30 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,300 yards while averaging ten yards per carry. He also intercepted nine passes, posted over 100 tackles and had 16 tackles for loss. During his senior season, Hall helped Deep Creek to the state AAA Division Six championship game.
After the season, Hall earned all-district player of the year honors and was named to the all-district team as a running back, defensive back and return man. He was also named Tidewater Player of the Year and the Norfolk Sports Club Player of the Year. The Associated Press picked him as a first-team Group AAA defensive back, and he was ranked the No. 2 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times.
Hall was not cited after his pit bulls attacked a Lawrenceville, Georgia man while the man was walking his dogs. The attack happened after Hall left the dogs with his brother, Tyrone Hall, a former Chicago Bears back-up fullback. The victim and his dog were treated for injuries and released.
He has advocated for the passage of the FIT Kids Act, federal legislation that would require school districts to report on students’ physical activity and to give youngsters health and nutritional information.
Brian Keith Mitchell (born August 18, 1968) is a former American football running back and return specialist in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round (130th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southwestern Louisiana where he was a quarterback.
Mitchell also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He is currently second on the NFL’s all-time list in total yardage with 23,330 yards. His 13 special teams touchdowns are also an NFL record. His nine punt return touchdowns are second behind Eric Metcalf (10).
As a rookie, during a Monday Night Football game that came to be known as “The Body Bag Game”, Mitchell had to be subbed in as quarterback after the Philadelphia Eagles knocked the Redskins’ starting and backup quarterbacks out of the game. Mitchell went 3-for-5 for 40 yards passing.
During his second season with the Redskins, Mitchell led the NFL in punt return yards (600) and punt return touchdowns (two), helping his team to an appearance in Super Bowl XXVI, where Washington defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24.
Mitchell continued to play for the Redskins until 1999, leading the NFL in punt return average(14.1) and touchdowns (two) in 1994, and making a Pro Bowl selection in 1995 .He also led the league in combined yards every season from 1994 through 1996, and again in 1998. He is one of only two players to lead the league in that statistical category at least four times. The other is Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who did it five times.
Mitchell was released following the 1999 season with the arrival of a new owner, Dan Snyder.
Mitchell is the NFL’s second all-time leader in total yardage, second only to Jerry Rice with 23,330 yards, thanks in large part to his 14,014 yards from kickoff returns and his 4,999 punt return yards. Both are NFL records. He also rushed for 1,967 yards on 388 carries (avg. 5.1 rushing yards), caught 255 passes for 2,336 yards, recovered 20 fumbles for 14 return yards, and scored 29 touchdowns (four kickoff returns, nine punt returns, 12 rushing, and four receiving). His 13 special teams touchdowns are also an NFL record. His nine punt return touchdowns are second behind Eric Metcalf (10).
Brian Mitchell also holds the NFL record for most combined yards by any one player against a single opponent: 3,076 all-purpose yards against the Dallas Cowboys
He is also one of only four players to record four seasons of over 2,000 total yards, (the others being Marshall Faulk, Dante Hall and Tiki Barber) and missed out on a fifth by only five yards.
He was inducted into the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame at FedEx Field during the 2009 season.