Rodney Hall Jr. wins NAL Defensive Player of the Week for the second time

by Alex Husting

For the second week in a row, Columbus Lions defensive back Rodney Hall Jr. has earned the NAL Defensive Player of the Week award. Hall followed up a stellar performance against the Flight over one week ago with an even better showing, intercepting two passes from Predators quarterback Patrick O’Brien in one quarter. Hall finished the game with the two interceptions, 3 total tackles and one pass breakup as the Lions defeated the Predators 61-43 and advanced to the NAL Championship game.

Hall’s interceptions in the first quarter of Saturday’s game halted the Predators offense and gave momentum back to the Lions, allowing them to take advantage and extend the lead in the second quarter. 

The Lions defense as a whole put on a dominant performance in the first half, holding the Predators to zero points and coming up with multiple goal line stands. While the Predators did attempt to comeback in the second half, outscoring the Lions 18-0 in the third quarter, the shutout by the Lions defense in the first half made the deficit too great to overcome.

Hall and the defense will travel to Albany this week to take on the Empire for the third time this season. In nine games, the Lions defense has only allowed 60 or more points twice, both times to the Empire, and both times the Lions lost. The defense will be looking to slow down Tommy Grady and Darius Prince in this pivotal third matchup, with the NAL Championship on the line.

Kickoff for 2021 NAL Championship game is set for 7 p.m EST on August 14. The game can be watched live with CTV Beam, at or on the NAL’s official Youtube channel


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