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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Cousins Harvin and Hall will square off Sunday

By Rick Maese

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."

By Rick Maese  | November 24, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

Let's hope it's not the other way around.

Posted by: wireman65 | November 24, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Damn...I think DHall is cousins to nearly a quarter of the league!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 24, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Better let Rogers cover Harvin, or Hall will know exactly what he has to work on....trying to cover a quality receiver. Hall is very overrated. Got some picks, but some of those fell right into his hands. Key on him in a game for a few plays and watch him.....man, he's terrible.
Talks good though.....

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 24, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"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."

A little young man? This from the guy that looks like he's star gazing when being interviewed by Kelli Johnson. That passes for 2nd cousin trash talk, right? Surprised he didn't say "He can be a real headache for d-backs."

Posted by: MColeman51 | November 24, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hall and Harvin are not second cousins --- they are first cousins once removed

Posted by: bestmick1 | November 24, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hall and Harvin are not second cousins --- they are first cousins once removed

Posted by: bestmick1 | November 24, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

How do you figure?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 24, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

How do you figure?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17


You must be near the WVA border.

Posted by: wireman65 | November 24, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Percy has the potential to torch us, I mean he can really lite us up. Put him on the grass and dude straight smokes people.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 24, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

riggo

Better let Rogers cover Harvin,


Harvin is a special player and covering him with 1 player is just isn't a plan.

The vikes will feature him at running back, slot receiever, split wide, H-back, X-receiver: they put an excellent player in multiple positions to make plays.

I was high on the skins drafting Harvin, but, alas, I'm not the one to pull strings for the team.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | November 24, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Really wish Landry would play. This is his kind of matchup, Percy has elite speed. But most people underestimate his strength. landry is one of the few Dbacks that could take him down relatively easily. I like Hall covering him if he can pick em off, green vs Vet. But if he catches the ball he might make Hall look very silly trying to take him down.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 24, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Got this from Genealogy.com,
The cousin thing gets confusing, so figured I post it.

Cousin (a.k.a "first cousin")

Your first cousins are the people in your family who have two of the same grandparents as you. In other words, they are the children of your aunts and uncles.

Second Cousin

Your second cousins are the people in your family who have the same great-grandparents as you., but not the same grandparents.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Cousins

Your third cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, fourth cousins have the same great-great-great-grandparents, and so on.
Removed

When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word "removed" is not used to describe your relationship.

The words "once removed" mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. This is because your mother's first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed."

Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first cousins, twice removed.

Posted by: jberry73 | November 24, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

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