Nowadays, DeAngelo Hall spends his time in the broadcast booth instead of on the field, but the feeling he gets come game day remains the same.
"Gosh I feel so good on game days and feel like I'm going out there and playing too," said Hall, a Deep Creek High School product. "When the guys are out there making plays I'm jumping up and down in the booth."
Hall, who spent 14 season as an NFL defensive back, is in the midst of his first season as a color analyst for the Washington Football Team's radio broadcasts.
It's his second stint with the team whose secondary he was a part of from 2008-17. During that time span they finished first place in the NFC East twice, and after spending the last few months analyzing his former squad, hall is confident they have what it takes to return to the top of the division once again.
"I’m starting to buy into what Ron Rivera’s selling,"Hall said. "When I see the way that the rest of the schedule breaks down I think that the Washington Football Team will be the NFC East champs."
While hall has confidence in one of his former teams, the opposite is true for another.
His Virginia Tech Hokies are 4-6 and face the University of Virginia on Saturday. No matter the outcome, the Hokies will finish the year with a regular season losing record for the first time since 1992.
"I’m a little disappointed in my Hokes and the decision makers up there," Hall said. "It’s a roller coaster ride. I've heard so many different things about coach Fuente and the program. I think coach Fuente's time is done in Blacksburg, I think it's time for change, I don't thing he was ever the right fit. As a former player and as a dad, Virginia Tech right now is not a school I would send my son to."
Regardless of how Hall is feeling about his Hokies, come NFL Sunday, he'll be feeling good as soon as he steps in the broadcast booth.
"I feel so good on game days and I fell like I'm going out there and playing too."