Things I’m worried will happen to me after my 30th birthday:
-A trip to Home Depot will be a treat.
-My sweater collection will expand. I’ll wear a wool sheath every day, even in the summer. (I’m wearing a sweater today. It’s happening already.)
-The bridge from my chest mane to my back scruff will finally connect, creating a Beringia of sorts.
Now that you’re thoroughly grossed out, we can discuss DeAngelo Hall and the 30th anniversary of his birth.
¡Feliz Compleaños compadre!
In his 10th year, the three-time Pro Bowler is enjoying one of his finest individual seasons. The Redskins pass defense has been weak as a whole, ranking 26th in the NFL. But by all accounts Hall has elevated his play, paring down risks while manning the shutdown corner spot against some of the league’s toughest assignments including Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall .
He’s tied with two other players with a league-high two defensive touchdowns this season.
The big Three-O shouldn’t scare Hall like it would, say, a running back.
A look at some of best defensive backs to pass through Washington lays out a track record for success at 30 and beyond. Whatever you think of Hall’s performance, I think it’s fair to compare his physical attributes with the men on this list.
30th birthday: Jan. 2, 1970
30-year-old season: Started all 14 games, recorded two interceptions and recovered a fumble.
After 30: Played seven more seasons and had at least three picks in six of those years.
30th birthday: Feb. 16, 1973
30-year-old season: Started all 14 games, recorded five interceptions and scored two defensive touchdowns.
After 30: Played six four more seasons and recorded five more picks. Started five games in the final three years.
30th birthday: Nov. 12, 1974
30-year-old season: Started all 14 games, recorded two interceptions and named All-Pro.
After 30: Played six more seasons, had 16 more picks and made five more Pro Bowls.
30th birthday: Feb. 15, 1990
30-year-old season: Started all 16 games, recorded four interceptions and compiled 78 tackles. Named All-Pro.
After 30: Played 12 more seasons, had 30 more picks and made three more Pro Bowls. Added eight more seasons with 16 starts. Scored five more touchdowns.
30th birthday: June 22, 2008
30-year-old season (Denver Broncos): Started all nine games he played in, recorded one interception and added 36 tackles.
After 30: Active in his fifth season. Made four straight Pro Bowls and recorded at least two picks in every year but 2013, when he’s had injury trouble and only played in two games.
(Statistics via pro-football-reference.com)
In an interview with Green on CBS WUSA 9 earlier in the season, Hall talked about leadership and what he’s learned at this point in his career.
“You’re the new Darrell Green,” Green said to Hall.
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