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DeAngelo Hall enjoys his lockout down time, too

NFC cornerback DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins celebrates with the trophy after being named MVP of the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu Reuters

On Monday, Saints running back Reggie Bush made waves by suggesting that he enjoys the free time flowing from the lockout.  Earlier in the day, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall made similar observations.

The difference?  Bush claims he was joking.  Hall apparently wasn’t.

I’m definitely enjoying this time off,” Hall said, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post.  “I’ve still been working out and doing things like that, definitely staying in shape, but to not have any pressures of being [in Ashburn], strict rules and things like that, it definitely feels good.  Feels good to just have a break.  You know, we normally start this stuff up March 15, so to have all that time off feels great right now.”

Hall said that, by pure luck, he was in town during the one-day lifting of the lockout.  So he showed up for workouts and, depending on how long the lockout lasts, possibly earned the full amount of his $500,000 offseason workout bonus.

“I’m hardly ever in Tidewater, decided to go down there one weekend, end up getting an e-mail saying official workouts start tomorrow, be there,” Hall said.  “So I hopped in the car, came up, got my workout in. The next day we got locked back out.

“[So I] get my workout bonus, definitely stoked about that. They can lock us out [until] whenever, because we don’t get paid right now anyway.  That’s the little misconception that a lot of fans don’t know.  We get paid those 17 weeks, that’s when we get paid.  The offseason we don’t get paid anything.  Right now I’m just enjoying not having any mandatory workouts and things like that,” Hall added.

“It feels kind of good to still be on summer vacation, so to say,” Hall said. “I’m enjoying myself, loving the downtime. Body’s getting a chance to really really heal up. I feel good.”

Still, comments like this make the fans feel something other than good.  At a time when fans are ready to focus their frustration on anyone and everyone connected to the work stoppage, fans will react negatively to any comments from players indicating that they like the lockout — especially in light of the fact that the official position by the NFLPA* is that the lockout is inflicting irreparable harm on all players.

The truth is that different classes of players view the lockout differently.  Established veterans are more inclined to like it, since they don’t have to endure the grind and they likewise don’t have to worry about a newcomer trying to take their jobs.  Players due to become free agents would surely prefer that the lockout end sooner rather than later, so that they can sign new contracts — and possibly earn large signing bonuses.  Rookies, though unsigned, want to become acclimated to the game.  Young players who are on their way up likewise value the opportunity to get better.

Still, the players who regard the lockout as a welcome break from having to work out should probably keep their sentiments to themselves.

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55 Responses to “DeAngelo Hall enjoys his lockout down time, too”
  1. commandercornpone says: May 10, 2011 9:10 PM

    another hammy pull or two waiting to happen

  2. theblowtorchreview says: May 10, 2011 9:15 PM

    Pretty clear……MEangelo only cares about the cash.

    It’s obvious he could care less about a winning season and, God forbid, a Super Bowl run. Just as long as he gets paid, everythings cool….screw working out, let’s all chill and party!

    I weep for our future here in Washington.

    =(

  3. footballfanatic3431 says: May 10, 2011 9:16 PM

    DeAngelo Hall’s and Reggie Bush’s comments will definitely be used against them when the NFL files its next brief and you know what, that’s exactly what the NFL should do.

    This is not the first time we heard players say they are enjoying themselves. The players are not suffering any harm right now.

    The stay should continue until the June 6th hearing. At that point, hopefully the 8th circuit will rule in favor of the owners so the lockout will continue until the NFLPA is out of options and is forced to sit down and hammer out a deal or risk losing the entire season.

    We want a new CBA. Now a 1 year fix.

  4. abninf says: May 10, 2011 9:17 PM

    These guys live so far from reality it’s not even funny.

  5. stixzidinia says: May 10, 2011 9:18 PM

    Awwwww the poor fans. What strife they must endure without their entertainment product on Sundays. Forget the the people of japan or Libya………these poor NFL fans have REAL problems what with the possibility of not having football on Sundays. The condolences and sympathy are no doubt pouring in from all over the world.

  6. lionsmaverick says: May 10, 2011 9:18 PM

    I cannot wait until the lockout is over… Lets get back to playing and preparing for football, and stop talking about football.

  7. brownsfn says: May 10, 2011 9:18 PM

    I D I O T…no worries you’ll reset the turd watch soon…

  8. ttommytom says: May 10, 2011 9:19 PM

    What did he say that was wrong?

    That he loves life and his body is getting a chance to really heal while he is staying in quasi shape?

  9. dequan81 says: May 10, 2011 9:19 PM

    Not surprising at all from MEangelo

  10. lionsmaverick says: May 10, 2011 9:19 PM

    p.s. social networking is the gateway to waaaaay too much drama.

  11. commandercornpone says: May 10, 2011 9:22 PM

    hey. it’s not Meangelo. it’s Deangela.

  12. goawayeverybody says: May 10, 2011 9:22 PM

    The lockout is killing me. How did I become so addicted to football.

  13. tubal22 says: May 10, 2011 9:25 PM

    I honestly don’t mind if he’s enjoying his time off. I probably would be too.

  14. lionsmaverick says: May 10, 2011 9:27 PM

    dear stixzidinia…..

    stfu.

  15. bigmike7914 says: May 10, 2011 9:29 PM

    Im sick of comments like MEangelo who else does it supposed to be about, no one here goes to work thinking about Carl in accounting, you go to work thinking about how you can get a raise or a better office or parking space, unless you have a union then you’re in bad shape anyway.

  16. ravensfan4life52 says: May 10, 2011 9:30 PM

    Aw man I feel so bad for these poor players. the owners are being so unfair locking out the players like this. The players are obviously hurting sooo badly. and for all of you who are stupid I’m being sarcastic

  17. rcali says: May 10, 2011 9:31 PM

    $500,000 to show up for a workout is nothing? How does that taste American worker? Keep buying the tickets and merchandise.

  18. robbie774 says: May 10, 2011 9:31 PM

    Why is everyone attacking Deangelo… he says he’s still working out and staying in shape, it’s not like he’s sitting on his ass. You can’t blame these players for enjoying their time off, they’ve gone through the same offseason program their entire careers and anyone would enjoy a few extra months to heal up/relax. The guys a leader on the Redskins defense and hes been great for the team…no need to attack him.

  19. bigjd says: May 10, 2011 9:32 PM

    Overpaid players seem to like it.

  20. theblowtorchreview says: May 10, 2011 9:39 PM

    That’s a real tough contract he has…….show up for one workout and get $500K?

  21. stixzidinia says: May 10, 2011 9:39 PM

    Dear lionsmaverick,

    Thanks for proving that Americans have the most absolutely jacked set of priorities on the planet. So sorry my post hit too close to home for ya.

  22. firerosenthalthebastard says: May 10, 2011 9:45 PM

    Deangelo Hall and Reggie Bush… quite the company.

  23. bengalsown says: May 10, 2011 9:52 PM

    “Well, since I happen to be in town, I guess I’ll go ahead and report so I can make $500,000.”

    Wonder what he would do if he wasn’t in town?

  24. smellmyface says: May 10, 2011 9:54 PM

    Ive never seen so many idiots. like him or not he said he is still working out and staying in shape.

    You want to bash him because of the money he makes and say he has no sense of reality. Well his reality is that he’s made millions and doesnt have to work a day in his life over the age of 30.

    If you dont go to work everyday and want to make the most you can you are the retarded ones.

  25. hethatguy says: May 10, 2011 9:55 PM

    BigMike…

    Eat balls!

  26. 2009kenny says: May 10, 2011 9:57 PM

    The most stupid thing he said was that fans didn’t understand that they aren’t being paid at this time, rather they are paid in 17 installments during the season. Can be interpreted to mean “right now I don’t care, I’m not losing any money, this thing can go on until end of August”.

  27. 2009kenny says: May 10, 2011 10:02 PM

    This site appears to be the players mouth piece. Reporters here appear to be advising the players to shut up and not give the owners more ammunition to take to court

  28. geo1113 says: May 10, 2011 10:06 PM

    You can’t blame these players for enjoying their time off, they’ve gone through the same offseason program their entire careers …
    _________________________

    Well, yes, they have gone through the same thing their entire careers…it is called their job!

  29. baddegg says: May 10, 2011 10:09 PM

    And Willie Parker just ran over to his computer to pull up his twitter account…

  30. raiderapologist says: May 10, 2011 10:11 PM

    stixzidinia says: May 10, 2011 9:18 PM

    Awwwww the poor fans. What strife they must endure without their entertainment product on Sundays. Forget the the people of japan or Libya………
    —————-
    People in Japan and Libya like to be entertained, too. This is profootballtalk, not worldpoliticstalk.

  31. redskinsrt says: May 10, 2011 10:12 PM

    Oh relax people, I take football as seriously as anybody that I know but some of these guys that’ve been playing for years will benefit from an extended offseason. Don’t you think that MANY players, great or not-so character, are enjoying this chance to rest as well as get their way in having a longer offseason which they are currently fighting for anyways?

    Nobody seems to criticize teachers, in an educational system that is falling a great deal behind much of the civilized world rapidly, for enjoying their few months off every year.

  32. jbaxt says: May 10, 2011 10:14 PM

    I love the updates that only fuel my fire that screams “eff the players”.

    I love how the media portrays the fans are on the players side yet nearly every comment I read sides with the owners.

    Eff ‘em, let the NFL go under, the owners can start the OFL (Owners football league) and employees that want to make millions can play, employees who don’t can try the real world. We all know they’ll be begging to come back sooner rather than later.

  33. dansilva5 says: May 10, 2011 10:21 PM

    Lets be frank, in any job or career or even school, everybody loves time off. Its a daily routine, and a hard schedule. He obviously has to stay in shape, cause he is an pro athlete, the love working out, or else he wouldn’t have chosen this (yeah, ignorant people will say for the “money”).

  34. skeeter1970 says: May 10, 2011 10:41 PM

    I really feel solidarity with the NFL players. They suffer the same fate as I do, having to live paycheck to paycheck.

  35. dirtytaco says: May 10, 2011 10:44 PM

    Bin Laden’s comments sound better right about now

  36. dolfan8385 says: May 10, 2011 10:44 PM

    I wish I could go to work 16 times a year. For 4 hours a day. divided by two unless you play both offense and defense. You work hard for your money DeAngelo Hall. effin losers

  37. 305hurricane says: May 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    DeAngelo Hall has been irrelevant since Eddie Royal Torched his ass for 60 minutes in Eddies fist ever NFL game. Yeah Eddie Royal. Killed you. That short dude from Va-tech.Lmao.

  38. friendlylittletrees says: May 10, 2011 10:49 PM

    National unemployment = 7-10%… these ‘professional players’ are a joke.

  39. 305hurricane says: May 10, 2011 10:50 PM

    stixzidinia says:
    May 10, 2011 9:39 PM
    Dear lionsmaverick,

    Thanks for proving that Americans have the most absolutely jacked set of priorities on the planet. So sorry my post hit too close to home for ya.
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    Please this is the wrong place to hate on Americans. Your probably some clown from Europe who’s priorities are as followed.
    1. Hate Americans
    2. Be annoying…..
    756. Personal hygiene.

  40. theblowtorchreview says: May 10, 2011 10:59 PM

    “You want to bash him because of the money he makes and say he has no sense of reality. Well his reality is that he’s made millions and doesnt have to work a day in his life over the age of 30.”
    =================================

    Hahaha if that’s the case, why do so many retired ball players end up bankrupt and living in a double wide?

  41. thefiesty1 says: May 10, 2011 11:37 PM

    Of course they are enjoying the lockout. Their getting paid to set home and do nothing from their union. Here you go guys, we will pay you just enough to get by while we screw the owners to get you more $$$ later. Unions should be against the law. Oh wait. Their union dissolved (decertified) and kept all their union dues.

  42. hokiez says: May 11, 2011 12:01 AM

    theblowtorchreview says:
    May 10, 2011 9:15 PM

    I weep for our future here in Washington.

    _______________________________

    I’d weep for the Redskin’s future too, but it’s because of Sexy Rexy, not MEangelo.

  43. nineroutsider says: May 11, 2011 12:10 AM

    “We get paid those 17 weeks, that’s when we get paid. The offseason we don’t get paid anything.”

    Too bad the owners couldn’t at least wait until the season started to lock the players out , then at least they could make them stay in shape and be football ready.

    Not a good season for any teams with a new coach and QB (not that there really ever is).

  44. robertallen1958 says: May 11, 2011 12:52 AM

    well i guess the “hard work and dedication” it takes to win the superbowl takes a backseat to his “rest” after already having 4 months off, and i love he just “happened to be in town” for the workout, he wasn’t there to improve his skills or solidify their teamwork, he was there for his workout bonus, thats the main difference between average teams and winners, so with the attitude he has and what willy parker has said its going to be a long time before the redskins are in the superbowl.

  45. shumagorath says: May 11, 2011 1:00 AM

    Charlie Sheen advised me:

    “Deangela is WINNING!”

  46. shumagorath says: May 11, 2011 1:05 AM

    All this DRAMA?

    Has no one thought of all the babymama’s -
    They need their checks. PLAYAS!!!! Get to work.

  47. sagatti says: May 11, 2011 1:09 AM

    Be the best at what you do and do something people actually care about and you too could make a 500k bonus… But most of your sad reality is that you don’t have the skill set to do anything other than hate on a professional athlete for his ability to command that type of money… Ah the life of a hater..

  48. transam7816 says: May 11, 2011 2:04 AM

    There’s is a clear difference between Bushs and Halls comments

  49. weneedlinemen42 says: May 11, 2011 6:23 AM

    That’s kind of an appropriate looking trophy for MeAngelo.

    Is it an award for being the biggest va-jay-jay in football?

    Speaking as a Redskins fan, for godsake learn to cover. When you’re getting burned by everyone, including tight ends, it’s time to consider the possibility that you’re not one of the best corners in the league.

  50. blkmanwtan says: May 11, 2011 6:41 AM

    What is wrong with someone enjoying his/her time off?

    The DeAngelo Hall’s and Reggie Bush’s cannot control what is going on the lock out. They are just playing the hand that they are dealt.

    I see nothing wrong with their comments. They are taking advantage of it by taking care of themselves and catching up with friends and family.

    Non-story.

  51. souldogdave says: May 11, 2011 8:08 AM

    These athletes, their natural arrogance sometimes makes them posture…What he could have said was he appreciated the chance to heal and rest and get ready.Trying to make the best of a bad situation, and as a player has legitimate concerns about the future of the NFL.That would have gone over better.The “I’m bad, I eat owners for breakfast” approach doesn’t work.

  52. hollywood26 says: May 11, 2011 8:46 AM

    I’m confused why people are comparing the two. one is talking about taking advantage of endorsement deals and making money (Bush) while the other is talking about resting his body while still staying in shape (Hall)

    I don’t like Hall on my team myself, I think he’s overrated. But I also think jumping on him for speaking honestly is dumb. And for the IDIOT who said they only work for 17 weeks, HELLO. They only have 1 1/2 months off through the year. The rest of the time is at required meetings. While that’s a longer time than the average american gets vacation (2 weeks) it’s not as iff they only play for 4 months then get to chill for 8 either. Learn to talk about issues like a grown-up

  53. deadmanwalking47 says: May 11, 2011 9:51 AM

    theblowtorchreview says:
    May 10, 2011 9:15 PM

    I weep for our future here in Washington.
    ________________________________________
    so do i,but deangelo hall is’nt because of it.our lack of olinemen and the prospect of two awful qbs that bother me!

  54. bo1210 says: May 11, 2011 10:13 AM

    “Forget the the people of japan or Libya………these poor NFL fans have REAL problems what with the possibility of not having football on Sundays. The condolences and sympathy are no doubt pouring in from all over the world.”

    This is profootballtalk.com, not politics.com.

  55. touchdownroddywhite says: May 11, 2011 10:40 AM

    Why is everybody so mad that he is happy to have extra free time.

    Show me a person who can afford to not work who would not enjoy extra time off from their job and I’ll show you somebody with a chip on their shoulder.

    Unlike Bush, he said he’s still working out staying in shape. He’s just glad to be working out on his own schedule and not being stuck in a certain routine. Big deal.

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