Sometimes in the National Football League, dynamite comes in a matchbox and the eye of a needle seems as wide as a hula hoop.
Take Dante Hall. He is 5 feet 8 inches and 187 pounds. In the mammoth N.F.L., he is barely a hiccup, barely a molehill. Hall, however, is turning heads and tangling feet. Defenders are falling all over themselves trying to catch him. He is a marked man now in Kansas City red. He is developing a knack of leaving his pursuers blue.
Hall returns kickoffs and punts for the Chiefs, and he does it in spectacular style. Ask Pittsburgh. He took a kickoff and darted 100 yards for a touchdown after the Steelers had built a 10-0 lead in Kansas City on Sunday. The Chiefs used Hall’s fuel to rise and destroy Pittsburgh, 41-20.
For punctuation, Hall added a 45-yard punt return to the Pittsburgh 7-yard line that set up another Kansas City touchdown early in the third quarter.
He does it with jukes and speed and moves and courage, with desire and determination and flair. Last season, Hall touched the ball 117 times and averaged 18.1 yards a touch; he gained 2,120 net yards for the Chiefs, second only to running back Priest Holmes‘s 2,287.
—Thomas George, The New York Times “A Small Chief Delivers Many Happy Returns”