After DeAngelo Hall had his “perfect storm” of four interceptions against the Chicago Bears back in Week 7, he received a whole slew of accolades: the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton took his jersey from the game; the NFL named him NFC Defensive Player Of The Week; the independent blog Kissing Suzy Kolber named him their Meast Of The Week; even The Onion did a humorous bit about the game.
After the piece in The Onion ran, I half-jokingly asked, ‘Once you’ve made The Onion, how much better can things get?’
Well, today I got an answer to that question, as the NFL announced that Hall has been selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawai’i on January 30th. Which, I think we can all agree, is even better than being in The Onion.
This is the third Pro Bowl of Hall’s career, but his first with the Redskins, and he’s the only Redskins player named to the squad.
But Brian Orakpo and Mike Sellers were chosen as first alternates at linebacker and fullback respectively; and Lorenzo Alexander (special teams), Chris Cooley (tight end), and London Fletcher (linebacker) were selected as second alternates.
That information also comes in handy if you’re deciding who to root for in the playoffs. With the game being held the week before the Super Bowl, players on the Super Bowl teams won’t be making the trip (and, in many cases, players on the teams that lose the Conference Championship games are likely to back out). So if you have no other way of choosing who to cheer for, pick a team that has a player standing between one of the Redskins and a trip to Hawai’i. It’s a good a method as anything else.
DeAngelo Hall recorded a career-high 104 tackles this season (according to the coaches’ numbers), along with six picks, twelve passes defensed, two fumbles forced, and two fumble recoveries. I wonder if Jay Cutler has changed his tune yet.
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