Richie Hall - Defensive Back - 1983-87 - Colorado State
Richie Hall was a walk on at the Colorado State University. He went on to be a star with the Rams football program and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.
Hall joined the Calgary Stampeders in 1983 and had an immediate impact, as a rookie he had 4 interceptions and was the primary punt returner. He had a 74 yard punt return touchdown, the only touchdown of his career. He was named an all-Canadian as a rookie in 1983. Hall at 5’6” would continue to post strong totals with Calgary, his speed and cover abilities were well respected across the league.
1986 would be his finest season as he would post 8 interceptions and 4 sacks and was named an All-Canadian for a second time. 1987 would be his final season with Calgary and he totaled 64 tackles and 4 interceptions.
The San Antonio native was dealt to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in May 1988 for a 4th round draft pick and he went on to solidify the Roughriders backfield. He was a West All-Star with Saskatchewan in 1988 as he had strong totals across the board and still returned punts for the Roughriders.
1989 was a magical season for the Roughriders and Hall was a centerpiece on defense. He was a veteran presence and often assigned the opposing teams best receiver to cover. The season was capped with a Grey Cup victory and Hall celebrated with the province. Richie would be a West All-Star
in 1990 as he totaled 6 interceptions and had 62 tackles and 3 sacks.
1991 would be Richie’s final season as a player, in 1994 he moved into coaching with Saskatchewan. He progressed to defensive coordinator and is renowned for his well prepared disciplined defenxes. After 2 seasons as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, Hall returned to Saskatchewan in 2011 as defensive coordinator.