Courtney Hall, a former Rice football player who went on to play eight seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 52.
No cause of death has been determined.
<p>Hall, a Los Angeles native, graduated from high school at age 16 and was still a teenager when he began his senior season for the Owls. </p> <!-- Missed: ad --> <p>A four-year letterman at Rice from 1985-88, Hall started all 44 games in his Owls career, He earned first-team All-Southwest Conference accolades in 1987 and 1988 and is the only Rice player on the conference's all-decade team for the 1980s. He also was a two-time winner of the George Martin award that goes to the team MVP.</p> <p>Hall, who graduated from Rice with a double major in managerial studies and economics, was inducted into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 at age 27. He also was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2019.</p> <p>After his time at Rice, Hall was a second-round pick of the Chargers in the 1989 draft and became an immediate starter at center as a rookie. He switched to left guard in his second season before moving back to center, where he played his final six seasons.</p> <p>Hall was a captain on San Diego's 1994 AFC championship team that remains the franchise's only Super Bowl squad. He started all 118 games as a pro and was named as an alternate to the Pro Bowl four times. He also was voted to the 1989 NFL All-Rookie Team.</p> <!-- hearst/article/content/embed.tpl --> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p>our hearts are with the Halls <a href="https://t.co/J9sIUMAJ6r">pic.twitter.com/J9sIUMAJ6r</a></p>— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) <a href="https://twitter.com/Chargers/status/1388176958006067207?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2021</a> </blockquote> <!-- e hearst/article/content/embed.tpl --><p>Hall had been working in venture capital after his playing days. He earned an MBA and law degree from the University of Chicago and co-founded Hillcrest Venture Partners in New York, where he served as managing director. In a Facebook post Friday, former Rice sports information director Bill Cousins said Hall was slated to join Rice's board of governors this summer.</p> <!-- Missed: ad --> <!-- src/business/widgets/hearst/collection/widget.tpl --><!-- e src/business/widgets/hearst/collection/widget.tpl --><p>"We're incredibly saddened by news of Courtney's passing," the Chargers said in a statement. "His detractors thought he was too small for his position coming out of college but it turned out that his intelligence, hunger and toughness were what actually would set him apart from his peers. ... Courtney had so much more life to live and has been taken from us far too soon."</p> <!-- heart/article/content/photo.tpl --> <img data-src="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/17/66/52/20933275/5/1200x0.jpg" alt="Courtney Hall and wife LaShann DeArcy Hall attending an event in February 2017 in New York. " src="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/17/66/52/20933275/5/1200x0.jpg" /><p>Courtney Hall and wife LaShann DeArcy Hall attending an event in February 2017 in New York. </p>Jimi Celeste /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images<!-- e heart/article/content/photo.tpl --><p>Tragically, Hall is the ninth player from that 1994 Chargers team to die at a young age. Eight of his 1994 teammates died before age 45.</p> <p>Hall is survived by his wife, LaShann DeArcy Hall, a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and sons Alexander and Terance and daughters Rachael and Jayden.</p> <p> </p>