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Former BYU quarterback Max Hall arrested for shoplifting, drugs

Max Hall is shown during happier times, as record-setting BYU quarterback in 2009. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

Max Hall starred at quarterback for Brigham Young, then got a cup of coffee in the NFL, lasting a season-plus with the Cardinals before getting cut in 2011. Most recently, he was let go by the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in June. Well, “most recently” in a football sense. Unfortunately for Hall, the most recent thing of note in general was his arrest Saturday for shoplifting, during which police also found cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

(Gilbert, AZ, Police Department) (Gilbert, AZ, Police Department)

Hall, the nephew of former Cowboys quarterback Danny White, played for BYU from 2006 to 2009, and he set a school record for career wins, with 32. He also set a single-game record against UCLA in 2008 with seven touchdown passes. (One can only imagine that university officials are not thrilled that Hall, shown in the mug shot to the left, was wearing a BYU T-shirt at the time of his arrest.)

Hall appeared in six games for the Cardinals in 2010, starting three, and completed 50.0 percent of his passes for one touchdown and six interceptions.

According to a report in the Deseret News, Hall was arrested in Gilbert, AZ, at a Best Buy store. From that article:

Hall was stopped by security personnel at the Best Buy and was cooperative as he waited for police to arrive. As officers approached Hall, he immediately apologized, according to a police report.

“I’m really sorry, I’ll pay for the stuff. If I get arrested, I’ll get fired. I’ve never done this before,” Hall is quoted in the report.

Officers found $286 worth of electronics inside the backpack after employees saw Hall taking items out of their packaging, putting them in his bag and hiding the empty boxes, the report states.

“Most of the items were cellphone cases, cellphone chargers, smaller items like that, electronics, like that,” Sanger said. “I think everything looks like it was $30 to $40 for each item.”

Investigators also located hypodermic needles, a metal spoon, a lighter and what field tests confirmed was cocaine, stored in a pill bottle. Hall told police he had used the cocaine that morning, injecting himself near the elbow, the report states.

At the time of his arrest, Hall had been working as the offensive coordinator for the Gilbert High School football team.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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