DeAngelo Hall, Charles Woodson Share Interception Honor
The two cornerbacks are among five active players who have intercepted 40 passes in their careers, with Hall entering that exclusive club last Sunday in the loss to the Lions.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – With his 17-yard interception return for a touchdown on Sunday against the Lions, cornerback DeAngelo Hall joined a select group of active players who have intercepted 40 passes during their careers.
“I think DeAngelo is one of those guys, man, that’s been able to stick around this game for a long time, and that’s because he’s a playmaker,” said Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, one of five players who have also reached that mark and someone who will share the field with Hall on Sunday. “He’s been able to make plays. You see he’s scored twice already this year and he continues to put the ball in the end zone. When you’re a playmaker, you stick around in this league, and that’s why he’s done as well as he has.”
Hall, Woodson, Texans free safety Ed Reed, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel are the only active players to have intercepted at least 40 passes. In NFL history, 83 players have crossed that threshold, with former Redskins and Vikings defensive back Paul Krause the all-time leader with 81 interceptions.
“It’s consistency, man,” Hall said. “It’s consistency – trying to go out there and play good football. Wood’s obviously been doing it a lot longer than me. Him, Champ. You know, they’re guys I definitely look up to, have looked up to, followed, talked to on a regular basis, [but] I’m a long way off from where they are.”
Reed, in his first season with the Texans after 11 with the Ravens, is the active leader with 61 interceptions. Woodson, now back where he played the first eight seasons of his career after seven with the Packers, has 55.
Hall, 29, had been told earlier in the week he was the youngest player ever to intercept 40 passes. As it turns out, Bailey was eight months younger than Hall is when he grabbed his 40th interception in 2007.
Woodson, who was 33 when he accomplished the feat in 2009, said it takes a variety of factors to be so productive, including health and ability.
“I think first and foremost, you know, you’ve got to be blessed to not have the type of injuries that can take you away from the game for a long time,” he said. “Two, I think you’ve got to make plays. You know, if you make plays, then you can stick around. You’ve got to take care of your body. You’ve got to make sure you’re in tip-top shape, and you know, I’ve always heard this, but you’ve got to have short-term memory. There’s some things that are gonna happen out there on the field that you’ve got to bounce back the next play and continue to play.”
➤ A version of this story appears in Saturday’s edition of The Free Lance-Star.