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Chris Hanburger: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Posted on: August 6, 2011 8:36 pm
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

“Today’s media applauds Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for being able to run the offense and audible and check. Well, Chris Hanburger did that in the ‘70s. He not only called [audibles] on his own, he had over 100 audibles each game that he had to manage. One of the reasons we were so successful was our defense, because Chris managed it no different than quarterbacks do today. That type of field general should be recognized for his contribution.” - Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, son of Hall of Fame coach George Allen

“He was at that time the smartest player in the league. We did everything we could to try to eliminate him from the play. We knew if we didn’t neutralize him, then we had less of a chance of winning.” - John Hannah, New England Patriots Hall of Fame guard



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Chris Hanburger played his entire 14-year career with the Washington Redskins, and he was the original cerebral NFL linebacker. He was an 18th-round selection in 1965 who ended up a nine-time Pro Bowler, four times a first-team All Pro, and an eight-time first team All Conference selection.

PFT.com's Michael David Smith writes that Hanburger "quickly became a team leader and the defensive signal caller … but he wasn’t just a cerebral player. He was also a vicious hitter who earned the nickname The Hangman.

"It's been a tremendous thrill for me," Hanburger said Saturday in his North Carolina drawl. "… I've never had a chance to meet members of the Hall of Fame like this. It's a great honor. ... This is one of the greatest moments of my life and I mean that from my heart."

Hanburger's son, also named Chris, presented his father for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Chris Hanburger: 2011 Hall of Fame Class




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Chris Hanburger: 2011 Hall of Fame Class



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Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 9:11 am
 

Chris Hanburger: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

I notice that you're an idiot because of your post! 9 probowls in 13 years, I doubt he was missing many tackles!



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:54 am
 

Chris Hanburger: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

notice how they talk about him being cerebral cause all i ever remember about 55 was him getting trampled when they ran it up the gut or him tiptoeing down the line like he was walking on eggshells only to blow another arm tackle  I can name 5 Line backers off the top of my head way better than hanburger from 65-75  Butkus lanier curtis wilcox jordan  all better than him some arent in the hall nor do they belong



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Chris Hanburger: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Why it took so long for Hanburger to make it, I sure don't know.  As a kid, I always wore my 55 jersey with pride.  Congrats, Chris!  Next up, Joe Jacoby!!



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