- Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was named Pro Bowl MVP after recording six tackles, an interception, forced fumble and fumble return for a touchdown. (Photo: Associated Press)
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall capped his career year by earning MVP honors at the 2011 Pro Bowl on Sunday night.
The seventh-year pro, who was making his third Pro Bowl appearance, earned the honor after recording an game-high six tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and fumble return for a touchdown while helping the NFC to a 55-41 victory over the AFC.
Hall became only the second Redskins player to earn MVP honors at the Pro Bowl.
In 1984, Joe Theismann was named Pro Bowl MVP.
In 1958, defensive end Gene Brito received the award for top defensive lineman at the Pro Bowl. (Back then, there were two awards presented at the Pro Bowl: one for an offensive back, and one to a defensive lineman. Then in 1972 the award was switched for an offensive and defensive player. The following year, and every year since, only one player has been recognized as MVP).
Hall wasn't the only Redskin active on Sunday night. Middle linebacker London Fletcher actually got things started when he intercepted Philip Rivers in the first quarter and returned it 14 yards.
Less than three minutes later, Hall recorded his interception -- also thrown by Rivers -- and he returned it 29 yards.
Early in the second quarter, Hall stripped AFC receiver Wes Welker, scooped up the loose ball and returned it 34 yards for his touchdown.
The third Redskin at the Pro Bowl, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, recorded six tackles to tie Hall for the game-high. Fletcher had the next highest total of the NFC defense, recording four tackles.
Hall this past season tied a career high with six interceptions (four of them coming in Week 7 against Chicago), and he also recorded a career high 95 tackles. His two forced fumbles also were a career high. Hall had an interception returned for a touchdown and also returned a fumble for a touchdown. The two touchdowns also were a career high.