Former Hill Airman contributes as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles

December 29, 2010

Former Hill Airman contributes as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles

As a 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant officer in charge, 2nd Lt. Chad Hall trained hard to meet his goal of joining the NFL. One of the first things he told Chief Master Sgt. Carl Juntunen, 421st AMU superintendent, was the NFL was in his sights.

"So when we found out he was selected I was not surprised," said Juntunen.

While attending the Air Force Academy, before working at Hill, the lieutenant played as a reciever, running back and kick returner. Although not selected at that time in the draft, during his work at the base, he kept up his intense training schedule.

After working a 10-12 hour shift on the flight line overseeing the maintenance of F-16s he would drive to U of U football training facilities, five or six times a week.

He tried out at a Pro Day at the University of Utah and scouts from several NFL teams evaluated those performances.

The Eagles talent scout liked what he saw in Hall.

The active duty lieutenant successfully transferred to the Air Force Reserve in order to make the transition, and has come off the bench as a contributor at the receiver/running back positions for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Through six games in which he was active for the Eagles, Hall has caught five passes for 31 yards, and rushed eight times for 27 yards. He could also be called on to return kicks for the Eagles in the final game of the season Tuesday night and in the playoffs.