Inside the Texans’ practice bubble Monday, Andre Hal soaked up the old feeling of camaraderie.
Retired from the NFL since the spring when he said he had lost his passion to keep playing football, Hal visited the Texans with a Legends Community group for a life-after-football seminar.
Being back for the first time since he decided to walk away from the game, Hal doesn’t have any regrets. The lymphoma survivor’s health remains fine. If anything, watching his old teammates practice reinforced his decision to walk away with two years remaining on a $16.5 million contract with up to $7.5 million left to be earned.
After beating lymphoma and intercepting three passes last season for an AFC South division champion, Hal is excited about so many things.
“It’s great seeing the guys, all the guys, reminiscing,” Hal said. “It’s been great, it’s cool. I’m glad I came back. It kind of made sure I made the right decision. I came, seen it, ‘OK, I’m good, I don’t want to come back. and play.
“I think I miss the guys, the camaraderie. That’s the only thing I miss is hanging out with the guys.”
When Hal’s father, Andre Hal Sr., died from a heart attack in late October before his son’s first game back against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it took a major toll on the former Vanderbilt standout. It triggered emotions in him that led him to this major life decision.
Hal was ready to move on.
And he has. Hal enjoyed the Legends Community seminar and lunch with former teammates.
Next week, he begins pursuing his masters of business administration degree at the University of Houston.
“I’m excited about that MBA,” Hal said. “It’s a great goal. I got to keep on doing stuff. I was always that guy pushing to do stuff. That’s the next step in my life.”
Hal also is involved in real estate.
“I want to master that,” he said.
When Hal isn’t working on business, he’s working his body to remain fit. He loves to do yoga and he meditates every day. He also enjoys boxing.
“I do a lot of yoga, it taught me a lot about myself,” Hal said. “It opens your mind up. I love it. Meditating is part of my every-day routine.
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“I’ll never fall off. It’s in me to have a good, healthy body. If you don’t, you’ll get sick. I work on my mental side, too.”
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