"The Hangman" Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame - NBC4 Washington

"The Hangman" Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame



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    FILE - In this Nov. 15, 1971 file photo, Chicago Bears running back Don Shy (24) is pulled down by Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger (55) and safety Richie Petitbon (16) after a 7-yard gain in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Chicago. Hanburger is a finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame which will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 5. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell, File)

    The man known as "The Hangman" now has a new title: Hall of Famer.

    Washington Redskin Chris Hanburger was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    The fierce linebacker spent all 14 seasons with the burgundy and gold, and played in nine Pro Bowls.

    He got his nickname from using clothesline tackles that were eventually outlawed by the NFL.

    Hanburger was ecstatic to find out he'll be enshrined with the greatest who ever played the game.

    "It's wonderful. I am just overwhelmed. It's such a tremendous honor to be nominated, let alone get in. I have to think of all the men who played before me and all the men I played with."

    Hanburger goes in with some pretty good company. 

    Joining him were Shannon Sharpe, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Les Richter, and Ed Sabol.