Darrell Green and Art Monk in 2008. Bruce Smith in 2009. Russ Grimm in 2010. And now Chris Hanburger in 2011. The Redskins have had a well-worn path in recent years from Washington to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Hanburger will be inducted Saturday night, alongside Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Shannon Sharpe, Les Richter and Ed Sabol.
“I think it’s magnificent for Chris and all of his teammates that he got honored with a selection to the Hall of Fame,” said Washington General Manager Bruce Allen. “It’s going to be a special weekend. Chris’s speech will probably be about one minute long, but the party we are having for him and his teammates is going to be a great tribute for him and the Redskins.”
Allen’s father, George Allen, of course, coached Hanburger for more than half his 14-year NFL career. Bruce Allen spent a lot of time around those teams and grew up idolizing players like Hanburger.
“Obviously, his achievements even today when you look back are significant,” Allen said. “To be a defensive player of the year, nine-time Pro Bowler and, remember in his era, he called all of the defenses, not just the audibles. There was no radio in the helmet from the coaches. He had to work to prepare and call all of the plays.”
Allen and team owner Daniel Snyder will fly to Canton Saturday to attend Hanburger’s induction.
“He was a great competitor,” Allen said. “Like you hear coaches today talk about the details, Chris was into the details. He made his teammates accountable.”