The Human Joystick Dante Hall joins Chiefs Hall of Fame

Wide receiver Dante Hall #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Dante Hall #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

The greatest returner in team history, Dante Hall will be inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame this fall.

Every year, the Kansas City Chiefs induct a former contributor to the team into their Hall of Honor. Over the last decade, we have seen the likes of Tim Grunhard, Brian Waters and Tony Gonzalez join this exclusive club.

On Friday, the Chiefs announced their Hall of Honor inductee for 2023 as none other than the Human Joystick himself, Dante Hall.

One of the more enigmatic and entertaining players to ever grace Arrowhead Stadium, Hall spent his first seven NFL seasons in KC. A gadget player early on in his career, Hall struggled to find his niche in the league during his first two seasons.

However, Dante found his groove in 2002 and would embark on a five-year run in the return game that few have rivaled. Blessed with dazzling speed and video game-like agility and quickness, Hall quickly made the special teams game “must-see” TV.

From 2002-2006 Dante returned kicks for a staggering 7,317 yards and 6 kickoff return touchdowns. These numbers land Dante Hall in the top-5 in kick return yardage, and top-4 in kickoff return touchdowns all-time.

Dante Hall also holds numerous Chiefs All-Time records:

  • Most career kick return yards (8,644)
  • Most career kick return touchdowns (6)
  • Most career punt return touchdowns (5)
  • Most career combined punt and kickoff return touchdowns (11)
  • Most career All-purpose yards (12,356)
  • Most kickoff return yards in a single season: 1,718 (2004)
  • Most All-purpose yards in a single season: 2,446 (2003)

Dante Hall is one of the true game wreckers in the return game in NFL history, along with the likes of Devin Hester, Cordarelle Patterson, Josh Cribbs, and Leon Washington to name a few. His ability to flip field position or take it straight to the house made him the face of the return game in the NFL for a half-decade.

Dante Hall is a deserving inclusion into the Chiefs Hall of Honor, both for the stats he racked up and the swagger he had while doing it.

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