Russ Grimm’s enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame early this summer was primarily a joyous occasion. If there was one small underlying unhappy element, it was that Grimm was likely to stand for all of the Hogs in Canton, and that — in fact — there was no immediately obvious next Redskin to enshrine.
But one of the names that was brought up was Chris Hanburger’s. “We need Chris Hanburger in the Hall of Fame,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said, according to the Washington Post, before enumerating a few of Hanburger’s accomplishments: “Nine Pro Bowls, defensive MVP of the NFL….”
The list of Hanburger’s accomplishments is long, and perhaps summed up best by the Info page of the Facebook group championing his entry into the Hall:
Hanburger was named a first team all-pro four times. He was the Redskins defensive captain for seven years. He played in Super Bowl VII and several Redskins playoff teams. He had 19 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries.
In his 14 years with the Redskins, he made the Pro Bowl nine times.
There are 19 players that have made more than nine Pro Bowls. All of them are Hall of Famers. There are 23 others who have nine. All of them are Hall of Famers. There are 26 with eight, and 17 with seven. All that are eligible have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Chris Hanburger has never even been nominated.
That last part changed this afternoon, when the Seniors Committee selected Hanburger as one of their two candidates for consideration alongside the fifteen modern-era nominees.
This news made another Redskins executive pretty excited: General Manager Bruce Allen. “We compliment the Seniors Committee on this great news for this deserving leader and player,” Allen said.
Now, this doesn’t mean that Hanburger is in — he still needs to earn the same 80 percent of the vote as the modern-candidates. But now the opportunity is there to get that list of accomplishments in front of the selection meeting, and Chris Hanburger finally has a chance to be where he’s belonged since his career ended in 1978.
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