1. Houston Texans: Andre Hal, S
The most inspirational player on this list is former Houston Texans safety Andre Hal, who retired at the age of 26 years old in 2019 after beating Hodgkin lymphoma and leaving the game healthy. If there is a player who has the “gas left in the tank,” and could be more than just a role player for the Texans, that player is Hal.
Hal played five seasons with the Texans from 2014-18, as he played in 69 regular-season games, including 40 starts. During that time on the field, Hal had 31 passes defensed, one touchdown, 12 interceptions, two forced fumbles, one sack, 130 solo tackles, six tackles for loss and even two QB hits.
In his final season that was eight regular-season games, Hal has six solo tackles, and he made two starts. That season also saw five passes defensed. Hal left the NFL on his own terms, as he was maybe the strongest player to even play for the franchise as he recovered and battled the way he did during his illness.
With this time off, and leaving the game healthy, Hal could return to the Texans and contribute to the team. How much is the question, but not even being 30 years old yet, it would be very interesting to see how he would mesh with the current Texans secondary.
Any way it is looked at with this list, even from a nostalgia viewpoint, these players could still be competitive in various roles on a roster, and those roles all would be different. In this look back at some past Texans players, it is fun to remember past accomplishments and think about how they could play during the 2020 season, but again all of this is a long shot.