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Whatever Happened to Dante Hall, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Electric Kick Returner?

Football fans who enjoyed special teams action likely loved former Kansas City Chiefs star Dante Hall.

Although he didn’t bowl over opponents multiple times in a game like teammate Priest Holmes, Hall shined with the Kansas City Chiefs throughout the 2000s. Before Devin Hester arrived in the NFL, no active player drove more fear into kick and punt return coverage teams than Hall.

Over a decade after his final NFL game, what is Hall doing in retirement?

Dante Hall was nicknamed ‘The Human Joystick’

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Some nicknames are especially more fitting than others, and there’s a reason why people named Dante Hall the “Human Joystick.”

The moves that Hall made in the open field on a kick or punt return resembled something out of a video game, the way that he juked defenders out of their shoes or made them whiff on tackles.

In nine NFL seasons, Hall scored 12 special teams touchdowns; six came on kick returns and the other six on punt returns. Eleven of those touchdowns, including all six on kick returns, came in his seven years with the Chiefs.

Hall earned Pro Bowl honors twice and made the AP All-Pro first-team in 2003, when he totaled 2,446 all-purpose yardage between offense and special teams.

Hall also had a 92-yard kick return touchdown in the playoffs that year.

Kansas City eventually learned that Hall could be a dangerous offensive weapon, too. In seven seasons with the Chiefs, Hall turned 145 catches into 1,615 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hall is an underrated Kansas City Chiefs legend

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Dante Hall played his final NFL snaps at age 30, hauling in 12 catches for 105 yards in eight games with Marc Bulger and the St. Louis Rams in 2008.

Hall also had 763 yards on 41 kick returns and another 93 yards on nine punt returns that year. Although he still had enviable speed, it became apparent that Hall’s NFL days were over.

Even in 2021, Hall ranks as one of the most productive players in Kansas City Chiefs history. Hall still leads the franchise in punt return touchdowns (five) and kick return scores (six).

Former Chiefs receiver Tamarick Vanover had four of each in his five seasons with the Chiefs from 1995-999. Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs’ current all-purpose weapon, has four punt return scores and one on kick returns.

Hill may not get a chance to raise those totals anytime soon, though. The star wideout has not served as the Chiefs’ primary punt returner since 2018.

What is Dante Hall doing now?

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Dante Hall has spent the last decade trying to find his niche in retirement.

Hall spent several months as a radio host in Houston on KILT in 2016. According to his LinkedIn, Hall also served as an assistant football coach at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, Calif., in 2013.

Hall has appeared at numerous Chiefs alumni and outreach events over the years. 

The newer generation of Chiefs fans who have posters of Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill on their wall or cell phone would be wise to get familiar with Hall, one of the most underrated players in franchise history.

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