Former BYU Cougars star quarterback Max Hall has had a much more difficult time in the pros than in college. On Friday, June 20 Hall got his walking papers from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, marking the second time in as many tries with professional football teams that he has been cut.
Is this the end of the road for Hall? He joined Winnipeg when it needed him most--and in the end, the Blue Bombers cut him anyway. In a matter of speaking, the latest chapter in Hall’s life is a microcosm of Hall’s college and pro careers. This one surprised a few people though, because Hall was the only quarterback on Winnipeg's roster with Canadian football playing experience.
Throughout his career, Hall has been wildly misunderstood by many, revered by some and hated by others. It’s been that way since he was at BYU, alienating other team’s fan bases--most notably Utah’s--as well as his own.
In Canada, Hall gained a few followers--but still had his detractors, especially after a 4th quarter interception that led to a 23-20 loss to Calgary last week and a no-comment from his coach.
Hall didn’t play professional football in either 2011 or 2012 but found his way back into the game in 2013 when Winnipeg signed him. He played in nine games and threw for 1,999 yards and three touchdowns against 10 interceptions--not the greatest numbers in the world but passable nonetheless for any quarterback.
That the Blue Bombers had a terrible season last year also probably had an effect going into this season--though Winnipeg’s CJOB Radio’s Bob Irving tweeted Saturday that even Hall was surprised he was cut.
“Max hall was stunned when the bombers released him--probably felt the experience he gained last year would stand him in good stead,” Irving tweeted.
Hall, who happens to be the nephew of Dallas Cowboys great Danny White, went undrafted in 2010 and signed on with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals as a free agent that year. He played in six games with the Cardinals in 2010, throwing for 370 yards, one touchdown and six interceptions.