Those who may follow this blog know that I pay tribute to Professional Football Legends yet to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
You also may be aware one of my first entries into this blogs series was on CHRIS HANBURGER.
It is my personal mission to get Hanburger into Canton, and this has been spotlighted in the Washington Times.
I have decided to ratchet up my efforts.
I am PLEADING for YOU ALL to sign my petition.
Your e-mail will NOT be displayed, and you can check off a box to not be bothered further.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS ALSO AND GET THEM TO SIGN AS WELL!
I would TRULY APPRECIATE it.
1965 - 1978
187 Games Played
9 Pro Bowls
Christian G. Hanburger was an 18th Round draft choice of the Redskins in 1965. He was the 245TH player chosen that year. He was a 25 year old rookie, due to his service in the Army before going to the University of North Carolina.
At UNC, he was a 2-way player who was named All-ACC at Center his junior and senior years. In 1963, his team won the ACC Championship.
Hanburger played right away and was in the Pro Bowl by his second year in the league. He would then begin a string of Pro Bowl appearances until 1969. He then resumed that string in 1972 until 1976.
Sacks and tackles were not recorded in those days, but Hanburger was a play maker. He is considered one of the best of his era.
He was known for his blitzing ability and pass coverage. Ever the complete player, he returned three fumbles for touchdowns in his career to go with two more on interceptions. In 1972, Hanburger captained the Over The Hill gangs defense to a Super Bowl appearance.
Hanburger was known not only for good speed, but his exceptional quickness. He had the innate ability to diagnose a play before the ball was hiked.
He often would cover the other teams tight end and peel off to knock passes down meant for wide receivers. Coach George Allen liked to have a safety first defense, leaving the rest to Hanburger and his fellow linebackers.
Chris Hanburger's nine Pro Bowl appearances are still the most by any player in the history of the Washington Redskins.
The game was played different for the most part in his era. The running game was most teams' primary weapon. Tackling with sound fundamentals was a must then.
Few players lead with their heads for "kill shots" because they would be injured much faster than today with innovations of modern technology on equipment nowadays.
It also should be remembered that players then did not command the same level of salaries that they do today. Most players would work a second job in the off season, compared to the luxury players have today to train whenever they choose to.
As a kid, I once heard a long time local media type say that he figured Hanburger had over 50 quarterback sacks in his career.
His three fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns is the third most in NFL history.
This, coupled by the facts that are allowed in the record book truly says that there is NO DOUBT that Chris Hanburger SHOULD BE in the NFL Hall of Fame.