remember this guy

Discussion in 'Philadelphia Eagles' started by White Power, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. White Power

    White Power Mentor

    Feb 25, 2007
  2. ToughJ.Riggins

    ToughJ.Riggins Hall of Famer

    Nov 19, 2006
    Ontario Canada
    Chad Hall is a very shifty scatback/ slot WR type who can return punts too. I agree with the assessment that he is maybe a poor man's Percy Harvin. You never know, if he gets the chance- he may have the impact of Harvin!
  3. TwentyTwo

    TwentyTwo Master

    Oct 31, 2009
    Thanks for posting!

    We have a winner...Reginald replies back.."a 5'8 white WR...This isn't exciting news"

    Another says he won't make the team....sure hope Hall proves them wrong!!

    They did have some positive things to say...hate to focus on the negative only.
  4. celticdb15

    celticdb15 Hall of Famer

    Jul 24, 2007
    Wow, how weird. I was just thinking about this kid the other day. He reminded me of a little lightning bug at Air Force. Normally I'd celebrate him being able to make it back into the league. But then again, the Eagles signed him. Remember what they did to a similar white player in Jeremy Bloom?
    Here's what this kid is capable of
  5. celticdb15

    celticdb15 Hall of Famer

    Jul 24, 2007
  6. celticdb15

    celticdb15 Hall of Famer

    Jul 24, 2007
    We'll see how things workout for Chad Hall, but you have got to get this guy credit. He's been working 12 hour days in the Air Force and still finding time to pursue his dream in the NFL. In a fair world this guy would get a shot, we'll see how much Reid yanks him around!

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    Rookie minicamp is a wonderful thing, Chad Hall believes.

    "I probably annoy people, always slapping their butts, always talking - it's paradise out here," Hall said yesterday, on what surely was a lovely spring afternoon at NovaCare.
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    Since signing, Hall has been commuting between Philadelphia and Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, where he is assistant commander for maintenance with the Black Widows, the 421st Fighter Squadron, responsible for keeping 28 F-16s airworthy.

    "I get here Sunday night," Hall said. "I spend the week here. Thursday after practice, I'll fly back and [possibly] go straight in to work right then, Thursday night when I get there, and then work Friday and sometimes Saturday. Then fly back Sunday."

    "I'm just making sure that the jets every day are safe and ready to fly, so that our pilots can get their sorties, get their missions, to be prepared when they go over [to Afghanistan]."

    Shifts last 12 hours, he said. "It's long and it's important," Hall said. "It's fun. It's a real 'people' job. I've got so many people [about 250] - I've got to make sure they're doing the right things."

    By comparison, the rookie camp days are a breeze, Hall said. He's always looking for more to do after the 3 hours on the field.

    Hall, 5-8, 190, has looked speedy and shifty at wideout and punt returner in the two minicamps so far. He was kind of a wingback for the Air Force, running for 1,478 yards as a senior in 2007 and catching 50 passes for 524 yards. He has mostly been a wideout so far for the Eagles, though he did catch one pass out of the backfield yesterday.

    "I can do it - I can get in the books," Hall said, when someone wondered how tough it would be to learn both positions, in the Eagles' complex offense. "That's something I can do on my own. I want to make sure I'm ahead of the game on that. I just want to make sure I'm as versatile as I can [be]."

    The Eagles used to have a guy named Westbrook, about Hall's height, who was a pretty good receiver out of the backfield, among other things. Hall doesn't have Westbrook's muscular build - though he says he's up 10 pounds from his college weight - and it's unlikely the Eagles will ask him to run the ball much. If Hall lines up as a back at all, it probably will be on third-down passing situations.

    Hall's path to the Eagles was complicated. As he graduated, the academies were reviewing their policies on how much of athletes' service commitments needed to be spent on active duty. Hall was passed over in the draft, though he was the Mountain West Conference's offensive player of the year.

    "It was a whirlwind," Hall recalled. "There were three of us [at Air Force] who were definitely going to have the opportunity to go make a team. [Pentagon officials] were just back and forth - 'you can go, you can't go.' They told us we can, then a week before the draft, they said we can't. Then, a week after the draft, they said we can. They ended up saying we couldn't [serve the entire commitment on reserve]."

    "It worked out great," he said. "Those 2 years were great for me . . . I got to serve my country and I think I grew a little bit."

    Hall worked out with Buffalo and Atlanta , actually signing with the Falcons, while trying to define his status. He was cut, and began serving, while exercising on his own when he could. Last year, Hall finally got squared away on when he could go to the Reserve. He targeted Utah's pro day, March 8, securing permission from coach Kyle Whittingham to prepare at the Utes' facility.

    "The last 9 months, until my pro day, it was going to work 12 hours, going straight to run and lift, and then going to sleep. I didn't have much of a social life, but it was all I wanted, it was my dream," he said. "It was hard to get a quarterback to throw to me, and stuff like that. Every rep out here, I really take advantage of, every ball in the air . . . Every practice I feel like I get better and better, more in the mix. I think that's all the rookies out here, though."

    There were times during his active commitment when he wondered if he would ever get such a chance, he said.

    "It was tough to stay motivated. I had a couple people in my life really pushing me - I'd give a call on the phone, mostly family. That was the toughest part, just staying motivated."

    Now that he is leaving active duty, Hall won't take part in his unit's planned deployment to Afghanistan this fall. He has former teammates and other friends from the academy who are serving or have served there, he said.

    "It's usually a 6-month tour for them. I pray for them every day," Hall said. "I keep 'em posted, a bunch of my friends I was on the field with every day. This was all of our dream; we're a big family . . . It's a great feeling to be out here, but they're with me. I feel like I owe them, too."

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  7. icsept

    icsept Master

    Oct 12, 2008
    Good find Celticdb15. Mountain West offensive player of the year, but undrafted due to his skin color. It would be inconceivable that Andy Reid would give Hall an opportunity to take over Westbrook's role. But it sounds like Hall will give it a great shot.

    The laughable part of the article was whether the Air Force Academy graduate can grasp the Eagles "complex offense". Let's see, did McNabb ever grasp it with his wonderlic score of 14?

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