Why DeAngelo Hall got back on Twitter


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DeAngelo Hall was once a mainstay on Twitter, with well over 100,000 followers. Then he left, erasing his account. And the day after the most recent Super Bowl, the Redskins cornerback came back, writing about his decision to return to Washington, his teammates, his daily routine, and especially his children.

In a recent appearance on WPGC with Herkules, Hall explained — at great length — why he left Twitter, and why he ultimately returned “after a long back and forth with a lot of my homeboys.”

“Man, we had a group chat going,” Hall began. “And I was like man, what’s the benefits? There’s no benefits. I don’t want to be reached. It was so negative at one point, man. I had over 150,000 followers, and so at one point you’re gonna get some kind of negative scrutiny. And I was just getting blasted. I was like man, I don’t want to look at this [while]  we’re losing games, so I got off it for a while.

“Then my Web site, she wanted to get back on it, thought it would be good for me,” Hall continued. “And then I think two or three weeks later I got right back off it. And then finally I was like, you know what, y’all are right. I’ve got a voice, I want to be heard, I want to send the message out that I want to send out. And after a long back and forth, I’m back on it, I’m on it for good: @deangelohall23. Anybody can hit me up on that.

“I love actually being hands-on with it,” Hall said. “That’s something that I didn’t do in the past. I really didn’t answer questions, I didn’t do giveaways, I just kind of sent out whatever I wanted to, really didn’t care about what everybody else said. But now I’m actually answering questions. If somebody sends me a tweet I’m responding to it, I’m talking back, talking trash. A lot of buddies I’m talking to on [Twitter] instead of texting them personally, just so the world can just see us go back and forth and have this little friendly competition we’ve got. I’m doing everything man, I’m doing everything. I’m having fun with it. That’s what you’re supposed to do, you’re supposed to have fun. It ain’t about hey I’m going to the store to get a sandwich. It’s about letting these people know what’s going on.

“Like, I took my son out to dinner; I was just so proud of him man,” Hall went on. “And I don’t think I tell him that enough, how proud I am of him, my 12-year old. He’s a straight-A student, baseball player, basketball player, balling in every sport he touches, and I’m just so proud of him. Not only is he a heck of an athlete and a heck of kid and a great big brother and a great friend, but he’s a great student too. And that’s what I always try to preach to him too, that I don’t want you to be like me and be a football player, or do this or do that. I want you to do what you want to do, and if that’s wanting to be a doctor, lawyer, scientist, you do that. If it’s wanting to be a radio personality or a TV star, heck, you can do anything you put your mind to.”

So, kind of a long explanation. But that’s why Hall’s back on Twitter.

Hall also told Herkules that he will likely miss some time at organized team activities because of his children’s spring break.

“There might be a little bit of an uproar up there in D.C. that I’m not there the first day,” he acknowledged. “But trust me, I’ll run it past Jay [Gruden], so I’ll be good.”

And he also said he will be playing cornerback now and into the future.

“I’m still at corner man, I’m still at corner,” Hall said. “I still feel like I’m one of the best shutdown corners in the league. Until somebody shows me otherwise, I’m gonna keep going out there, trying to own Dez [Bryant] and Calvin [Johnson] and A.J. Green and all those other guys.”

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