As a player on the field, Chris Hanburger was smart, dominant, and ferocious. As a man off the field, he was quiet, reserved, and soft-spoken. In the lead-up to his induction to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, many wondered what side of him would be on display.
But when he took the podium tonight in Canton, he did not disappoint, showing off another side entirely. The man once referred to as “The Hangman” on the field, was actually really funny during his induction speech.
The best part is that he took the opportunity to roast the other six inductees into the H.O.F., all while making fun of his own reputation of being quiet.
Hanburger shined in the spotlight, but still couldn’t quite accept all of the accolades being bestowed on him.
“I think they were just running out of folks to grab when I got drafted,” he said about being drafted in the 18th round of the draft. ”It was like throwing darts at a board and somebody hit my name. And the Redskins got stuck with me.”
That drew a big round of applause an audible “Yeah!” from someone in the crowd.
It was a great moment for everyone to hear that other side of him, and even though he downplayed his successes, it was obvious that the induction meant the world to him.
“I wanna thank all of you folks for being here,” he said. ”I think it’s fantastic, it’s overwhelming for me. I don’t understand the process to get in here at all. But I can tell you one thing, I thank those folks very much.”
“This is one of the greatest moments in my life, and I mean that from my heart.”
Hanburger finished up his speech with a very nice, very touching tribute to the military men and women, as well as those that serve domestically in the police force and fire departments. It was really nice to hear a player that understand what’s important off the field and thank those that allow any of us to enjoy football.
Congratulations again, Chris. It was a pleasure to have you in Washington, but we’re more than happy to share you with your rightful place in Canton.
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