Wesleyan officially has its first NFL football player.
Though Chad Hall didn’t make Philadelphia’s active roster, the rookie was signed to the Eagles’ practice squad this week as one of the key reserves ready to move up should a roster spot open up through injury or other attrition.
Hall’s pro aspirations were put on hold while serving a two-year military commitment following his graduation from Air Force, where he was one of the nation’s most prolific offensive players. He signed with the Eagles in the preseason and made enough of an impact that the team wanted him back on its practice squad.
The 5-foot-8, 187-pounder won’t make millions, but he will make $5,200 per week, a total of $88,400 if he sticks around for the full 17-week NFL season.
Hall played a variety of positions at Air Force, settling in at running back at the end of his career. He ranked third nationally in all-purpose yards as a senior in 2007 at 208.7 per game, including 1,478 yards rushing and 524 receiving. He also set a school record with 275 rushing yards against Army.
Before agreeing to a free-agent deal with the Eagles earlier this year, the 24-year-old spent the previous two years repairing F-16 jets at Hill Air Force Base in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He made the most of his chance this preseason from the start, catching two passes for 60 yards, returning three kickoffs for 60 yards and returning two punts for 14 yards in a win over Jacksonville.
He caught four passes for 27 yards in the Eagles’ final three preseason games, in addition to handling frequent return duties.