Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Profiles in Courage: Shawn Hall

Shawn Hall, according to the news accounts, single-handedly stopped an out-of-control ride at the Duval County Fair. He looks to be a big guy, so I can believe he stopped the ride. (Also, if a ride can be stopped by one person, it might not be the sturdiest ride in the world.) When I looked up his NFL career, just to check out his stats, I could not find him. Maybe he changed the name he normally uses so that fans don't recognize him. This article wasn't going to be about the NFL career of Shawn Hall, but I just wanted to see how big he really was. Anyhow, I want to return to the news interview. What caught my eye in the interview? Malibu!




If I was a newscaster, showing up at a large man's house to do an interview, I would be sure to let him know if the bottle of Malibu showed prominently in the background. I'd be like, "Sir, are you sure you want that bottle of Malibu to be right behind you? I mean, I like smooth rum as much as the next guy, but the viewers are only going to see a kitchen table and a corner booze rack, and they might get the wrong impression."  Or I might film from another angle.  Actually, as Hall moved a little, I could see some fancier decanters of booze in the background, which looked like the kind you might refill. But I'm not sure if that's a thing in typical American households...looks like you can get them at Pottery Barn. What's cool about those decanters is that you can pour in the bottom shelf swill for lower-tier guests, like news reporters, and then pour in the good stuff for folks you want to impress, like NFL scouts.

OK, so I like Mr. Hall's style. I used one of those online athlete databases to try to find him as an NFL player so I could see if I remember watching him play. I didn't see the name given to the news channel as being a college player or an NFL player, but he could have been NFL Europe or unlisted because he worked on practice squads right out of high school. Or he's on this list under a slightly different name. I highlighted guys who looked to be around the right age and then marked guys who seemed to play small person positions in red. My favs include Daryl Hall and Death Halladay. And Cory, Corey, or Korey Hall. I also highlighted the Packers and Milwaukee Badgers, a team that went 0-6 in 1925, scoring only 7 points ALL SEASON (and still outscored one team in the league -- the Dayton Triangles, which went 0-7-1 and scored three points all season). And you thought the Jags were bad!

 Ahmard Hall RB (2006-2011) /players/H/HallAh00.htm NFL - Titans
Alan Haller DB (1992-1995) /players/H/HallAl22.htm NFL - Steelers, Panthers, Browns
Alex Hall LB (2008-2010) /players/H/HallAl99.htm NFL - Browns, Giants
Alvin Hall DB (1961-1963) /players/H/HallAl20.htm NFL - Rams
Alvin Hall DB (1981-1987) /players/H/HallAl21.htm NFL - Lions
Andre Hall RB (2007-2008) /players/H/HallAn01.htm NFL - Broncos
Andy Hall QB (2005) /players/H/HallAn00.htm NFL - Eagles
Bob Hallen G-C (1998-2005) /players/H/HallBo20.htm NFL - Falcons, Chargers
Bruce Hall RB /players/H/HallBr01.htm
Bryan Hall DT (2012) /players/H/HallBr00.htm NFL - Ravens
Carlos Hall DE (2002-2005) /players/H/HallCa20.htm NFL - Titans, Chiefs
Chad Hall WR (2010-2013) /players/H/HallCh00.htm NFL - Eagles, 49ers, Chiefs
Charlie Hall LB (1971-1980) /players/H/HallCh20.htm NFL - Browns
Charlie Hall DB (1971-1976) /players/H/HallCh21.htm NFL - Packers
Chris Hall DB (1993) /players/H/HallCh22.htm NFL - Cowboys
Corey Hall DB (2001) /players/H/HallCo20.htm NFL - Falcons
Cory Hall DB (1999-2004) /players/H/HallCo21.htm NFL - Bengals, Falcons - Did Cory change his name to Corey for one season?
Courtney Hall C-G (1989-1996) /players/H/HallCo22.htm NFL - Chargers
Daeshon Hall DE (2017) /players/H/HallDa01.htm NFL - Panthers - Shawn is similar to Daeshon.
Dana Hall DB (1992-1997) /players/H/HallDa20.htm NFL - 49ers, Browns, Jaguars
Dante Hall WR (2000-2008) Pro Bowl /players/H/HallDa00.htm NFL - Chiefs, Rams
Darryl Hall DB (1987) /players/H/HallDa21.htm NFL - Rams
Darryl Hall DB (1993-1995) /players/H/HallDa22.htm NFL - Broncos, 49ers - There were more Daryl Halls playing football than recording music. Or maybe he left for six years to return to his recording career. 
De'von Hall DB (2009) /players/H/HallDe00.htm NFL - Colts
DeAngelo Hall DB (2004-2017) Pro Bowl /players/H/HallDe99.htm NFL - Falcons, Redskins, Raiders
Death Halladay E-WB (1923-1924) /players/H/HallDi21.htm NFL - Legion - This guy's name was Death and he played for Legion!
Deiondre' Hall CB (2016-2018) /players/H/HallDe02.htm NFL - Bears, Eagles
Delton Hall DB (1987-1992) /players/H/HallDe20.htm NFL - Steelers, Chargers
Derek Hall T /players/H/HallDe01.htm
Dick Hall T (1927) /players/H/HallDi20.htm NFL - Yankees
Dimp Halloran TB (1926) /players/H/HallDi22.htm NFL - Blues
Dino Hall RB (1979-1983) /players/H/HallDi00.htm NFL - Browns
Forrest Hall B (1948) /players/H/HallFo20.htm AAFC - 49ers
Galen Hall QB (1962-1963) /players/H/HallGa00.htm NFL/AFL - Redskins, Jets
Hall Davis DE (2010-2012) /players/D/DaviHa21.htm NFL - Texans, Browns
Hall Haynes DB (1950-1955) /players/H/HaynHa20.htm NFL - Redskins, Rams
Hall Whitley LB (1960) /players/W/WhitHa20.htm AFL - Titans
Harold Hall C (1942) /players/H/HallHa20.htm NFL - Giants
Harry Hall B (1925) /players/H/HallHa21.htm NFL - Independents
Irv Hall FB (1942) /players/H/HallIr20.htm NFL - Eagles
Jack Halliday T (1951) /players/H/HallJa22.htm NFL - Rams
James Hall LB (1987) /players/H/HallJa20.htm NFL - Falcons
James Hall DE (2000-2011) /players/H/HallJa21.htm NFL - Lions, Rams
Jeff Hall K (2000) /players/H/HallJe20.htm NFL - Rams
Jimmy Hall S /players/H/HallJi00.htm John Hall DE (1955) /players/H/HallJo20.htm NFL - Giants
John Hall K (1997-2006) /players/H/hallxjoh01.htm NFL - Jets, Redskins
Johnny Hall WB-HB (1940-1943) /players/H/HallJo21.htm NFL - Cardinals, Lions
Justin Halley FS /players/H/HallJu00.htm
Ken Hall HB-P (1959-1961) /players/H/HallKe00.htm NFL/AFL - Cardinals, Oilers
Korey Hall FB-LB (2007-2011) /players/H/HallKo99.htm NFL - Packers, Saints
Lamont Hall TE (1999-2005) /players/H/HallLa00.htm NFL - Packers, Saints
Lemanski Hall LB (1995-2002) /players/H/HallLe20.htm NFL - Oilers, Bears, Cowboys, Vikings
 Leon Hall DB (2007-2018) /players/H/HallLe98.htm NFL - Bengals, Giants, 49ers, Raiders
Mark Hall DE (1989-1990) /players/H/HallMa20.htm NFL - Packers
Marvin Hall WR (2017-2018) /players/H/HallMa02.htm NFL - Falcons
Matt Hall T (2014) /players/H/HallMa01.htm NFL - Colts
Max Hall QB (2010) /players/H/HallMa00.htm NFL - Cardinals
Neil Halleck BB-WB (1924) /players/H/HallNe20.htm NFL - Tigers
P.J. Hall DT (2018) /players/H/HallP.00.htm NFL - Raiders
Parker Hall TB-HB (1939-1946) Pro Bowl /players/H/HallPa20.htm NFL/AAFC - Rams, 49ers
Paul Halleck E (1937) /players/H/HallPa21.htm NFL - Rams
Pete Hall E (1961) /players/H/HallPe00.htm NFL - Giants
Randy Hall DB (1974-1976) /players/H/HallRa20.htm NFL - Colts
Rannell Hall WR (2015) /players/H/HallRa02.htm NFL - Browns
Rashard Hall FS /players/H/HallRa00.htm
Ray Hall DT (1995) /players/H/HallRa21.htm NFL - Jaguars
Rhett Hall DT (1991-1998) /players/H/HallRh20.htm NFL - Buccaneers, 49ers, Eagles
Ron Hall TE (1987-1995) /players/H/HallRo00.htm NFL - Buccaneers, Lions
Ron Hall DB (1959-1967) Pro Bowl /players/H/HallRo01.htm NFL/AFL - Steelers, Patriots
Ron Hallstrom G-T (1982-1993) /players/H/HallRo20.htm NFL - Packers, Eagles
Roy Hall WR (2007-2008) /players/H/HallRo02.htm NFL - Colts
Shawn Halloran QB (1987) /players/H/HallSh20.htm NFL - Cardinals
Steve Hall DB (1996) /players/H/HallSt20.htm NFL - Colts, Vikings
Stone Hallquist BB-HB-TB (1926) /players/H/HallSt21.htm NFL - Badgers
Tim Hall RB (1996-1997) /players/H/HallTi20.htm NFL - Raiders