Courtney Hall, the Chargers’ second-round pick in the 1989 NFL Draft and the starting center for the team’s lone Super Bowl appearance, died on Thursday at the age of 52. The news was confirmed by the Houston Chronicle.
Hall was born in Los Angeles but played his prep football at Banning High School in Wilmington, California. At the young age of 16, Hall graduated high school and went on to play for Rice where he was a four-year letterman from 1985-1988. He started all 44 possible games in his career and was named a First-Team All-SWC selection as both a junior and senior.
We are devastated by the passing of Courtney Hall JD/MBA. He was a former player rep and a force on the field, as well as a leader off the field in his post-football career. Gone way too soon. #RIP pic.twitter.com/k6dySYMkmt— NFLPA Former Players (@NFLPAFmrPlayers) April 30, 2021
After being drafted by the Bolts, Hall started every single one of the 118 contests he played in during his eight-year career in the NFL.
Following his retirement from football, Hall went on to earn a joint J.D./M.B.A from the University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2015, Courtney received the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award, which is presented to “a former collegiate or professional center who, in addition to standout football careers, has also made significant contributions to the football and/or business communities, or through philanthropic endeavors.”
In 2019, Hall was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Courtney and the rest of his family and friends.