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Hale Hentges announces retirement from NFL

We hardly knew ye

New York Giants v Washington Redskins
We don’t even have a picture of him in a Vikings’ uniform.
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I missed this news the other day, but I think you’ll forgive me for that as it happened on the same day as the Dakota Dozier re-signing and, when the excitement hits those levels, it’s easy to overlook things.

Earlier this week, Minnesota Vikings’ tight end Hale Hentges announced his retirement from the National Football League at the age of 24 following a two-year career. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2019, spending time with both the Indianapolis Colts and the artists formerly known as the Washington Redskins. He started 2020 back with Indianapolis, but the Vikings signed him off of the Colts’ practice squad in December. He was active with the Vikings for only one game, their season-ending victory over the Detroit Lions.

Hentges has retired because his wife is due to have their first child in July and intends to start a sales career with Zebra Technologies, a tech company centered in Austin, Texas. Zebra works with the NFL on some of the player-tracking technology that helps with “Next Gen” Stats, so he’s still going to be involved with the NFL.

We want to wish Hale Hentges the best of luck on his retirement from the NFL and his impending sales career.