Hali talked to Scout.com discussing his personal side, explaining that he grew up in war-torn Liberia and escaped to the Ivory Coast and eventually made it to the United States with his father, two brothers and one sister.
Currently his father is a professor at Farleigh-Dickinson. Since his father had remarried, Hali's mother had to stay behind.
The last time he saw her was in 1994, but now he typically has the opportunity to talk to her about twice a week.
His main driving force to make the NFL is to have the resources to help get her to the United States upon receiving his citizenship. Hali talked about his mother, saying, "She doesn't have a clue what's going on (football-wise). She'll go from living in a hut to a nice home [after he signs and gets her to America]."
Hali talked about his passion for football and joked how he enjoys "being able to go out there and hit people and not get fined for it."
Growing up Hali also played some basketball prior to Penn State, but said he had a difficult time with controlling his aggressive style of play, saying "all my fouls came on offense."
Hali pointed to Penn State as a major reason for his success up to this stage of his career. The family atmosphere was really what attracte him to Penn State out of high school.
So far Hali has received a lot of interest from a variety of teams, including the Broncos, Chargers, Falcons, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants and Vikings. He is excited to see where he ventually ends up.