Bengals eager to see former teammate Hall in New York

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Pacman still close with Leon Hall

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Leon Hall spent nine years with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Giants in August, so there will be a lot of former teammates eager to see him Monday night in New York.

“I’m happy for him,” Bengals safety George Iloka said. “I’m happy he’s found success. He’s part of the group of guys who have meant a lot to me.

“Reggie (Nelson), Crock (Chris Crocker), Leon and Terence (Newman), they were tremendous for me, helped me out a lot, talking about how to be professional and giving tips here and there about on-field play,” Iloka added.

Hall, the Bengals first-round pick in 2007, has played 46.8 percent of the defensive snaps for the Giants as the slot corner. He has 21 tackles, a sack and a pass defended.

“I do miss him,” Adam Jones said. “Me and Leon talk probably at least once a week. When he was on the bye we had a drink and had lunch together. Me and Lee have always been really close. I give him a lot of credit for where I’m at. The respect level is at the highest capacity for Leon. I love him as a friend and a person and a player.”