With official word that the Washington Redskins have resigned cornerback DeAngelo Hall, his teammates were excited to have him back to help defend the 2012 NFC East title.
Hall has been with the Burgundy and Gold since 2008 when the team signed him to a deal that November. In his five years in Washington, number 23 has appeared in 68 games, starting 64, and was selected to represent the NFC in the 2010 Pro Bowl.
While Hall will see familiar faces from his time in the DMV such as Josh Wilson, Reed Doughty and Robert Griffin III, there is one man who has seen the talented player grow since his high school days in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Last week, the Redskins signed veteran Darryl Tapp. Tapp is a seven-year veteran who brings playoff experience and a familiarity to the NFC East with him to the franchise. Tapp spent the previous three years in Philadelphia with division foe Eagles.
While Tapp has technically gone against Hall on numerous occasions, the two haven’t been on the field together for a snap…since high school.
Hall is a year older than Tapp and was a grade higher than the Redskins linebacker in high school. During Hall’s last three years at Deep Creek High School, he was joined by Tapp on the Hornet’s football squad.
After an incredible career at Deep Creek, Hall decided to attend Virginia Tech where he instantly thrived under NCAA coaching legend Frank Beamer. He would appear in 11 games and made one start his freshman year before becoming one of the most diverse threats in Virginia Tech’s history.
In Hall’s sophomore year he stepped up and became a leader of a talented Hokies defense. Another future NFLer was joining Hall and the Hokies that year in Blacksburg—Darryl Tapp.
The two men and current Burgundy and Gold teammates spent two years together on Virginia Tech’s roster as the Hokies posted an 18-9 record and held opponents to single digits eight times during that two year span including a shutout during each campaign.
Hall would go on to NFL and was the eighth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Tapp would stick around in Blacksburg until 2006 and was teammates with two other future NFL stars: Will Montgomery and Josh Morgan.
Oh by the way, those two also happen to be part of the core of the 2012 NFC East Champions.
While Redskins lineman Chris Baker recently showed the world that he and his high school teammates have all reached the professional ranks and are continuing to play at an elite level, they currently live in different area codes and the color of their jerseys do not match.
Hall and Tapp, however, find themselves together once again in Burgundy and Gold and if their past success is any indication of whats to come, you better prepare yourself for a Super Bowl push begin this fall.
Hail to the Redskins!
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