American football running back Breece Hall plays for the National Football League’s New York Jets (NFL). He was selected by the Jets in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Who is Breece Hall?

Hall was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 31, 2001. Hall attended Wichita Northwest High School while growing up in Wichita, Kansas. Following a junior season in which he rushed for 2,082 yards and scored a total of 36 touchdowns, Hall was nominated to the first teams of both the Metro and State leagues. As a senior, due to his performance he was once more selected to the first teams of both the Wichita Metro Player of the Year and the All-State teams.

Hall committed to play college football for Iowa State. He took over as Iowa State’s starting running back during his true freshman year after David Montgomery left for the NFL. After rushing for 132 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over West Virginia, he was awarded the co-Newcomer of the Week. After rushing for 183 yards and two touchdowns the next week and receiving three catches for 73 yards, Hall was named Newcomer of the Week once more. He was also selected in the second-team All-Big 12.

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For the first eight games of his sophomore campaign, Hall had at least 100 yards on the ground. He concluded the season as the FBS’s top rusher. As the first unanimous first-team All-American in school history, Hall was also selected first-team All-Big 12 and the conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Hall had 1,472 running yards, 302 receiving yards, and 23 total touchdowns as a junior in 2021. Hall declared after the season that he would bypass his senior year and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Breece Hall of Iowa State was selected by New York with the 36th overall pick, surprising many. Hall will receive $700,000 in 2022 as part of his NFL-mandated guaranteed rookie pay, even though the total cost of his four-year deal is estimated to be close to $9 million.

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Hall’s cousin, former NFL running back Roger Craig, was a star at Nebraska and an important part of the 1980s San Francisco 49ers championship teams. Hall’s stepfather, Jeff Smith, played running back for the Chiefs and Buccaneers as well as Nebraska.