Following one of the most trying years of his life, moving on from life in the NFL likely won’t be much of a challenge for Andre Hal Jr.
The former standout Commodore defender was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in May of 2018, which obviously put his career with the Houston Texans in jeopardy. Following a rigorous battle against the cancer in his body, Hal made his return to the field but it came during another terrible time as his return occurred the same week of the death of his father, Andre Sr.
The fifth-year pro eventually played in eight games last season for the Texans after appearing in at least 14 games in each of his other four seasons in Houston. Now he’s decided it’s time to do something else with his life.
Obviously, Hal has been through a lot this season but that appears to have just made him more prepared for the next phase of his life. Hal released the following statement on Tuesday, announcing his retirement from the NFL, with the important note that his health isn’t an issue or a factor in his decision.
“One thing I’ve learned in life is that change is inevitable and life goes through seasons. 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.”