Bowie State’s Quarterback, Amir Hall: Superman in Shoulder Pads

by: Mark F. Gray Special to the AFRO
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If you’re walking around the Bowie State University campus you would be hard-pressed to believe that one of Division II’s best players is a student athlete at Maryland’s oldest HBCU football program. That’s because junior quarterback Amir Hall is not one to call attention to himself. Hall stays in the proverbial bubble, focusing on academic studies, game plans and film work on opposing teams while existing as a regular student during the week.

However, on Saturday afternoons when he dons his tools of the trade, Hall becomes Superman.  The locker room has become his telephone booth and each week there are record-setting heroics that are producing mind-blowing statistics which already have established him as the greatest quarterback in school history.

Bowie State University Quarterback, Amir Hall. (Courtesy Photo)

“Your play is going to make the noise for you,” Hall told the AFRO about his mindset. “As a quarterback you have to carry a swag about you but stay humble at the same time.”

Under the helmet and shoulder pads beats the heart and soul of the unquestioned leader of the defending north division champions. After one season and a half as Bowie’s starter, Hall has literally become the all-time greatest field general in the history of the school’s program.  He has rewritten their record books and with each game this season he continues to rank among the nation’s elite passers—though with the Bulldogs bludgeoning their CIAA competition he’s been reduced to watching from the sidelines as the final quarter of the game plays out.

The NCAA took a year off his eligibility because in 2015, when Bowie State played Assumption in the Division II playoffs Hall had to replace their injured starter late in the game.  On two of their final three drives he led the Bulldogs to a touchdown.  A star was born though it cost him a full season of eligibility.

Hall’s unprecedented numbers at Bowie State are amazing. He boasts six of the all-time single game passing marks in school history including five where he threw for over 400 yards.  Hall also has seven of the top 10 single game total offense records for the Bulldogs.  His 5,324 yards and 51 touchdowns already rank first along with 596 pass attempts.  And, with each game he continues to add to a growing legend.

“The game has slowed down a lot for me this year,” Hall said.  “All the work we put in over the summer has made it easier to focus on making the right reads and getting the ball into the hands of my teammates.”

However, this season Hall has taken his game to another level. He has answered the critics who have scoffed at the CIAA as “just a basketball conference” by producing statistics that rank with the best in the nation.  Hall’s 21 touchdown passes in six games and his 204.5 passer rating are No. 1 in Division II.  He is averaging 327.4 yards per game, which ranks him in fifth place. (He fell from first place after he sat out the fourth quarter against Fayetteville State on Sept. 30).

“Being ranked nationally not only benefits me but it benefits the entire program,” Hall said.  “I think our defense is ranked in the top five as well so it’s not just about me, this is about how good we are as a team and that’s good for our entire program.”

By the time he graduates Hall will own every passing record at Bowie State. All that remains is for Superman to hang a championship banner to cement his legacy at Maryland route 197.

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