Cousins Harvin and Hall will square off Sunday
There's at least one family member who won't be invited to DeAngelo Hall's Thanksgiving table.
"My house?" the Redskins cornerback asked. "Nah."
He's referring to Vikings' receiver Percy Harvin, who is Hall's second cousin. Hall's father and Harvin's mother are first cousins, Hall said.
On Sunday, Hall and Harvin could find themselves lined up across from each other. "I'm excited about it," Hall said. "I've watched him blossom from a young kid to now -- a little young man. Definitely excited to get out there with him. Can't wait to see if he's as good as everybody says he is."
So far, the second-year receiver has been. He currently leads all NFL players with 1,542 combined net yards. He has 595 yards and four touchdowns on 46 catches. He also has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this year.
"Right now, I'm just trying to jump on him," Hall said. "Obviously, they're getting him the ball a lot, especially on third downs. ...We definitely going to have to stop that guy."
Though they grew up in the same area, Harvin is only 22 - five years younger than Hall - and the age difference kept the two from competing against each other much when they were younger. Still, Hall said there's a lot of pride on the line Sunday.
"Never played against each other growing up. Tried my hardest to get him to Virginia Tech. That didn't work out," Hall said. "Then I had Pete Carroll trying to get me to get him to USC. Then he went on to Florida and won a couple of championships."
Though Harvin's team is struggling, Hall knows what Harvin brings to the table. Hall shut down Randy Moss last week. He'll try to keep another big receiver quiet this Sunday.
"Definitely in that film room, breaking out a lot of film, trying to just critique him," Hall said. "After the game, I'll tell him what he needs to work on."
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