James Hall
Hall at Denver in November 2010
No. 63, 96     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-02-04) February 4, 1977 (age 44)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Career information
College: Michigan
Undrafted in 2000
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2000 2006)
Career highlights and awards
* National champion (1997)
Tackles     514
Sacks     62.0
INTs     1
Stats at NFL.com

James Hall (born February 4, 1977) is a former American football player. He played professionally as a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) with the Detroit Lions from 2000 to 2006 and the St. Louis Rams from 2007 to 2011. Hall was singed the Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at the University of Michigan, where he was three-year starter for the Michigan Wolverines and a member of the national championship-winning 1997 Michigan team.

Early years

Hall earned All-State honors as senior at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. after totaling 67 tackles, eight sacks, and one interception as senior.

College career

Hall was a three-year starter at Michigan where he made 185 tackles and 25 sacks. He was a Third-team All-America choice by The Sporting News as senior, also garnering honorable mention All-Big Ten honors and was a Butkus Award semifinalist after making 54 tackles and seven sacks. He was a Second-team All-Big Ten selection as junior with career-highs in tackles (63) and sacks (11). He had 51 tackles and four sacks as sophomore and 17 tackles and three sacks as redshirt freshman. He was a Sports marketing and administration major.

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-2⅛ * 271 * 5.03 * 1.71 * 2.85 * 4.51 * 7.86 * 32" * 9'03" * X X
* represents NFL Combine **represents Michigan Pro Day"X" Denotes "No Data" or "Did Not Participate"

Detroit Lions

He went undrafted in the 2000 NFL Draft, but signed with the Detroit Lions. The Lions signed defensive end James Hall to a three-year deal for $880,000.

In his rookie season of 2000 he played in five games recording one sack. The following season of 2001 he made 35 tackles and four sacks in 15 appearances. In 2002, he made 49 tackles and recorded two sacks.

Prior to the 2003 season Hall signed with the Lions a one-year tender for $1.32 million. During that season of 2003, he started 16 games for the first time in his career, finishing the campaign with 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

In 2004, despite suffering a broken hand on the opening weekend at the Chicago Bears, Hall recorded 48 tackles and a career-high 11.5 sacks. This excellent season led to a renegotiation of Hall's contract. The Lions re-signed Hall to a five-year extension. The terms of the new contract was five years for $14 million.

The following campaign, the 2005 season, he recorded 59 tackles (including a career-high nine tackles at the Green Bay Packers on December 11) he also had five sacks on the season.

In 2006, Hall had a career-high 3.5 sacks against the Buffalo Bills on October 15, 2006. The Lions won the game and got their first victory of the 2006 season. He finished his last season at the Lions with 24 tackles and five sacks.

St. Louis Rams

On March 2, 2007, the Detroit Lions traded James Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a conditional draft selection. After two seasons, he was released but later re-signed by the Rams. Hall would go on to start for rest of his tenure in St.Louis and was fairly productive with Chris Long on the other side. He went on to have 244 combined tackles and 30 sacks in five seasons in St. Louis. He was cut on March 12, 2012.

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