Hall to the Hall: This former KC return man is latest to enter Chiefs Hall of Fame

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Dante Hall, who turned kickoff and punt returns into an art form, is the latest member of the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame.

The team announced Friday, ahead of Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City, that Hall will be enshrined at a ceremony during the 2023 season.

“It’s not every day you get to witness a generational talent at the returner position,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said.

In his seven seasons with the Chiefs, from 2000-06, Hall returned 11 kicks for touchdowns. In a 2002 game against the St. Louis Rams, he returned both a kickoff and punt for touchdowns.

Hall was selected to the All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams as a return specialist after the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2003, Hall had a return score in four straight games.

Hall was named to the NFL’s all-decade team of the 2000s as a punt returner. He was second team as a kickoff-return specialist.

Dubbed the “Human Joystick” for his ability to shift gears and direction, Hall was nothing short of amazing on many occasions. In a 2003 game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium, he fielded a punt on the 8, went left, then right, then retreated about six yards before finally cutting left again before escaping for a 92-yard return.

A Chiefs fifth-round draft pick in 2000 from Texas A&M, Hall played in 97 games for Kansas City, including 10 starts as a wide receiver. He finished his career with two seasons in St. Louis and added a touchdown on a punt return there.