Texans’ Andre Hal Retires From NFL

Texans safety Andre Hal is calling it a career. After spending the last five seasons with the Texans, and surviving lymphoma, Hal announced his retirement from football on Tuesday. 

One thing I’ve learned in life is that change is inevitable and life goes through seasons,” Hal wrote. “This season of my life has come to an end. I will be retiring from the NFL. My health did not have anything to do with my decision. I am completely healthy. Thank you to the Houston Texans organization for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream. I also want to thank my family and friends for all of their support. I truly appreciate it.”

After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Hal returned to play in eight regular season games for Houston last year, plus the club’s playoff loss to the Colts. He was more than just an inspiration – he was an impact player. Hal recorded three interceptions in his half-season and was a slam-dunk choice for the Texans’ Ed Block Courage award, given to players who overcome adversity.

Andre Hal is the epitome of what it means to be a Houston Texans player. What he overcame last season is nothing short of incredible and is an inspiration to every single person in this building,” Bill O’Brien said. “He’s what this place is all about.”

Hal leaves the game with 189 tackles, 12 interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack across 69 career games. He also leaves the Texans a little thinner at safety. Currently, the club’s safety depth chart consists of Justin Reid, Tashaun Gipson, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun.

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6 comments on “Texans’ Andre Hal Retires From NFL

  1. The dude

    Damn that’s a shocker was really counting on him this year. Hugh part of our secondary. From 7th round went from CB to safety and a pretty damn good one. Last year’s recovery was awesome . Will miss you on Sundays.

  2. marshmallowman

    26 years old. sounds like a guy who went through such an illness to come out the other end realizing there’s way more to life than a game that can leave a person a thousand times worse off than they were when they started. good luck man

  3. Binks

    I finished Chemo for HL in October 18. It f’s you up. It’s been 6 months & im still tired all the time. I can only imagine the toll it took on his body to try & play only a few months after chemo. F cancer.

    • brucewayne

      Hey man! Hope you are totally cancer free now! The best to you. I just lost my sister to liver cancer in Oct.

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