Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Ole Miss All-American Whaley Hall Passes Away

Whaley Hall, an Ole Miss All-American lineman on three of coach John Vaught’s outstanding Rebel teams, passed away Saturday, March 7, in Hampton, Virginia, following an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete.

Hall, who was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lynne, a son Nathan, a daughter Shana and one granddaughter.

A native of Trussville, Alabama, Hall and Kenny Dill were co-captains of the 1963 Rebel team that won the Southeastern Conference title and played in the 1964 Sugar Bowl. During his three varsity seasons at Ole Miss, the Rebels went 26-3-2, played in two Sugar Bowls and one Cotton Bowl, and won back-to-back SEC titles in 1962 and 1963. The 1962 team went undefeated (10-0) and earned a share of the national championship.

Hall earned first team All-SEC recognition by the Associated Press and United Press International in 1963 when he was the only Rebel to gain consensus honors from both wire services. The Birmingham Touchdown Club selected him as the SEC Outstanding Lineman that same year.

After playing in the Senior Bowl and the Coaches Association All-America Bowl, Hall was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League draft and by Boston in the American Football League draft. He then played for Philadelphia of the Continental Football League during the 1965 and 1966 seasons, helping lead the Bulldogs to the 1966 CFL championship with a 20-17 overtime victory over the Orlando Panthers.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

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