DeAngelo Hall with Brian Orakpo

November 29, 2012
(By Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

I only recently saw this photo of Brian Orakpo joining DeAngelo Hall in his interception celebration last Thursday. It’s the best photo to come out of that football game. I needed to find a place for it.

To justify its inclusion here, I will include DeAngelo Hall’s further explanation for why he slid to the ground before the end zone after fielding Dallas’ last-gasp onside kick attempt on Thanksgiving. There’s been a surprising level of disagreement among Redskins fans on the wisdom of that play. My own feeling is that the Redskins were guaranteed a victory either way, and Hall at least took out the chance of someone getting needlessly injured on an extra point or kickoff.

Anyhow, here’s what Hall told LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan.

“I was always taught to let the offense end the game,” he said. “So I didn’t need to go back out there. We already gave up 400-some yards passing. I didn’t need no more yards thrown up on us. Then I got to run down on kickoff? Nah. Let’s just go ahead, take a knee, end it, let RG keep the game ball. I should have just caught it and took a knee, but it happened so fast. It kind of bounced in my hands, I was almost running away not to get hit. Before you know it, I was at the 1 [yard-line], and had to slide down real quick.”

Hall also explained why these Redskins haven’t cratered like their NFC East rivals in Philadelphia.

“We’ve got a group of guys in that locker room, we won’t let anybody quit,” he said. “I think we did a good job of kind of weeding out some of the bad apples, so to say. There’s no guy in that locker room that’s gonna give up on this season.”

And he also talked about the defense’s performance in Dallas.

“I felt like we dominated that team, we dominated that team for the better part of three quarters,” he said. “And we’ve still got to work on finishing, closing guys out. We kind of didn’t do that. The same coverages we played early in the game that we played perfect, you could see guys jumping up, trying to be greedy, jumping up on this, jumping up on that, letting the guy behind him catch the ball. Those are things we have to get better at.”

Whatever. That photo is still great.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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