On the mend once again from an injury that ended a season for him, Washington Redskins veteran safety DeAngelo Hall maintains the belief that he can be a playmaker in the NFL.
When his NFL career comes to a close, DeAngelo Hall wants to go out on his own terms.
After two of the past three campaigns were cut short by injuries suffered in the third game of the season, he doesn't want the end to be soon. In fact, the 14-year veteran thinks he has "a lot left in the tank."
"I just have to prove to myself and everybody else that I can stay healthy," Hall said Tuesday on "Redskins Nation." "The injuries have been so fluke in nature and a lot of them have been non-contact. It's not like I'm out there just getting broke up because people are hitting me [and] I am just wearing down."
Hall continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered last September in a 29-27 victory over the New York Giants. The injury limited him to just 166 snaps after making a full-time move to safety last offseason.
"I am attacking this rehab as hard as I can and the ACL is a lot easier to deal with than an Achilles injury," Hall said. "It's pretty much routine and a lot of guys have come back even stronger before I'm very optimistic and I feel good."
After signing a contract extension following an impressive 2013 campaign in which he recorded four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns, Hall received a reported four-year contract extension on Feb. 19, 2014.
While Hall is entering the last year of that deal and speculation continues about his salary for the year, he said he hasn't thought much about his situation.
"You just focus on what's best for the team," Hall said. "Ultimately I feel that we will be able to come to a different agreement, but right now they are just focusing on me to recover and get healthy. I am focused on that as well."
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When he returns to the field, Hall believes he can still play at every position in the secondary, whether it be an outside corner, a nickel corner or one of the safety positions that he began mastering last summer.
"I'm still a guy who can go out and play corner if I need to, if guys get banged up," Hall said. "I can go in at the nickel and obviously I have played both safety roles. I'm very comfortable be able to go out there and be a Swiss Army knife if they need me to."
Hall, of course, entered the NFL in 2004 as a top-10 pick for the Atlanta Falcons and has been one of the league's most productive defensive backs over the last 13 years. He is currently the active interceptions leader in the NFL with 43 picks.
As the oldest player on the defensive unit, the 33-year-old will be the veteran leader of a secondary that's now coached by another Virginia Tech product: Torrian Gray.
Hall played at Virginia Tech four years after Gray completed his playing days in Blacksburg.
"Obviously I heard a lot about him and knew a lot about him as well," Hall said. "I was excited because the last couple kids we've got from Virginia Tech have been coached up very well and I tell these guys that all the time. I don't know Gray that well, but the guys he has sent to us have been football players. They understand how to play football and understand the mental aspect of the game. That is hard for a young guy to come into the league and know that."