DeAngelo Hall understands that at some point over the next few years he'll have to shift his focus away from playing football to something else.
While he's already ruled out coaching as a possibility because of his young family -- at least for now -- Hall just might give television analyst or front office work a try.
At the NFL Combine on Monday, Hall did the former, as he was a guest analyst for NFL Network's coverage of the defensive backs at the annual scouting combine.
It wasn't the first time Hall had done something on television, but it did give him a little bit more exposure.
"In years past, probably not in the last three or four years but prior to that, I would always go out [to Los Angeles] every offseason, a lot of times even during the bye week," Hall told Redskins.com on Wednesday. "We just do a lot of media – NFL Network, ESPN, last offseason I did FOX Sports. So, I'm very comfortable in front of the camera."
While he couldn't go to Los Angeles this time, he said he was glad he could fit Monday's appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis into his schedule.
"They wanted me to come out to L.A. and tape for a couple of days, and I was like, 'That trip to L.A. is just so long. My son's baseball schedule is kind of hectic and daughter in cheerleading, competing every weekend,'" he said. "So it kind of just worked out that I could make it out to Indy for a couple of days. I had a good time."
Now a veteran of 11 NFL seasons and a three-time Pro Bowler, the prospects working on the field this week grew up watching Hall shut down opposing wide receivers.
But while they were surely excited to meet the Virginia Tech product, it was Hall who enjoyed being able to explain to them the process of making it to the NFL.
"Its fun kind of picking their brain and kind of helping them understand the process – what to expect, what to look forward to, how much work is still ahead of them," he said. "That young group of guys, man…it was real funny to see them flashback to mine 11, 12 years ago. But it was definitely something that was fun."
When Hall participated in the combine before the 2004 NFL Draft, he was only one of a handful of top prospects to do so, running a sub-4.4 40-yard dash without "even preparing to run."
"I went to the combine back in the era when a lot of top guys didn't run – you were advised not to run," he said. "They always had several reasons. One: agents wanted to know exactly what teams were eye-balling them so they wanted them to come see you, come to my house and eat dinner. 'Why would I eat dinner with you at a restaurant full of 32 other people? Let's eat dinner a little more properly.'"
With all of the prospects together trading training stories and competing amongst each other to get the best times, Hall wished he could have experienced something similar.
"I would've loved going out there, showing everyone what I had to offer," he said. "That's when I got really challenged to run the 40 by Dick Vermeil, it was kind of like a no brainer. I was waiting for someone to challenge me and he did. So, I stepped to the plate and ran."