Mark The Homer Posted February 4, 2011 Share Posted February 4, 2011 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/03/AR2011020306468.html Chris Hanburger, a former star linebacker for the Redskins, is a low-key Hall of Fame nominee DALLAS - There was a time when being called over the hill was a point of pride for Chris Hanburger. George Allen's famed Over-the-Hill Gang was, after all, the first Redskins team to reach the Super Bowl. "I think we all got captivated by it," said Hanburger, the former linebacker who played his entire career in Washington. When they call Hanburger over the hill nowadays, there's no celebration, but certainly no protest. "I really am over the hill now," said the 69-year-old Hanburger. "No question about it." ... If history is any guide, Hanburger's chances are pretty good. He is one of two senior candidates the committee will consider. He and Les Richter, a linebacker for the Rams in the 1950s and 1960s, will bypass the early voting rounds and will be judged in the final round. They need at least 80 percent of the vote to gain enshrinement. There have been 45 senior candidates in the past four decades, 34 of whom were elected to the hall, including 18 of the past 20. Hanburger's credentials are certainly impressive. A fearless linebacker, he posted nine Pro Bowl seasons over the course of a 14-year playing career in Washington and was named all-pro four times. ... "I guess you could say I'm deeply honored," Hanburger said. "The idea of the Hall of Fame, it's not something I'd given up on because I really hadn't ever given it any thought. I'm very sincere when I tell you that I feel very fortunate to be nominated." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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