Tuesday, September 19 was the day Chiefs Kingdom celebrated the birthday of former Kansas City Chiefs return specialist Dante Hall.
Hall was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL draft. He spent seven seasons with the Chiefs and was a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler during his time with Kansas City thanks to his efforts as a punt and kick returner. Nicknamed “The Human Joystick” for being very elusive with the ball in his hands, Hall is one of the most electrifying returners in NFL history.
On his birthday, former Miami Dolphins chief and current receiver Tyreek Hill took to Twitter to wish Hall a happy birthday. However, Hill cast shadows on Hall in the process.
“Happy Birthday to the second greatest returnee in Chieftain history,” Hill wrote.
Hill earned All-Pro status as a rookie with the Chiefs due to his elite punt return ability. So Hill is probably implying that Hall is the second-best Kansas City returnee of all time, behind himself.
Hill’s tweet is believed to be friendly banter since it’s public knowledge that Hill and Hall are friendly to each other. However, many Twitter users took it as a direct shot at Hall and had something to say about it.
Twitter users targeted Hill for shadowing Hall on his birthday.
“Happy Birthday to a Chief Legend! He’s actually number 2. I’m surprised you knew that, but as you can see you’re a bit further down the list,” wrote one Twitter user. “A way to take the celebration of someone else’s life and somehow make it about you! But hey, this is Tyreek Hill, we shouldn’t be surprised!”
“Respect it but he’s No. 1. Dude had about 7 straight games with a return for TD. #1 from not much…” wrote another user.
“Funny in a way They’re friends so it’s friendly banter but… sorry Tyreek, you’re wrong on this one,” wrote another user.
“I love the banter…. Wanted to say he was wrong, but stats have him a little better. I guess Dante just did it for so long that he changed more games because of it,” wrote another user.
“Dante Hall had seven return TDs in a 10-game span,” wrote another user.
Speaking to the media on Sept. 18, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about the impact of fantasy football on fans and coaches and how both view the sport. Big Red had several positive things to say about it.