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Andre Hal Impacting The Texans On And Off The Field

Texans' safety received Sunday's game ball

December 03, 2018 - 3:02 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Andre Hal has had a roller coaster season.  From being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, beating it, returning to the field and now finding his form, Hal was awarded the game ball in Sunday’s win over Cleveland for the interception he had.

“Baker was scrambling out of the pocket, and he just throw it up, and I saw the ball and went and got it,” a humble Hal told the media on Monday about his interception. 

The interception was more than that.  Sure Hal has been back with the Texans for a while, sure he has had an impact in games this season, but the interception and game ball signaled that Hal is getting closer to the football player he was before he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 

“Considering the things he’s been through, it’s been a tough time for him.  For him to come in and be a huge part of our game planning week to week to step in and play the way he’s playing and to get that interception yesterday was great to see,” Texans’ defensive back Kareem Jackson said

Hal has appeared in four games this season, he’s made six tackles and now his first interception since 2017.  Hal’s impact on the field has been noticeable, but his impact as motivation to the team speaks volumes without a word being said. 

“Here’s a guy (Hal) that has meant a lot to me, personally. I just speak from a personal standpoint. We drafted him late in my first year here,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said.  “He was a cornerback and we moved him to safety when he got here, started out on special teams, just a special guy, very hardworking guy, excellent pro. To see him make that play and the week before he made a real big tackle on the kickoff coverage, he’s just made some solid plays for us since he’s been back.”