Texans’ Hal retires but says health not reason


Houston Texans safety Andre Hal announced Tuesday on Twitter he is retiring from the NFL.

Hal, who returned to play last season after undergoing treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma that was diagnosed in May, said in his message that his decision was not related to his health.

Hal, 26, ended up playing in eight games last season and finished with three interceptions.

Drafted in the seventh-round (216th overall) by the Texans in the 2014 draft, he appeared in 69 games (40 starts) for Houston and had 12 interceptions, 31 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, a sack and 185 tackles.

Hal was expected to back up new safety Tashaun Gipson and 2018 draft pick Justin Reid in 2019. Last season, he played in more than 42 percent of the Texans’ defensive snaps in five of the regular season games he played in after beating cancer.

ESPN’s Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.

Source : ESPN