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26. Merton Hanks

In his first two seasons in the National Football League, the Fifth Round Pick from Iowa started eight Games at Left Corner Back and five at Strong Safety.  Hanks did well enough, but he was moved to Free Safety in 1993, and this was the position where he would flourish.


Hanks was the 49ers starter at FS for six seasons, where he would enjoy a four-year streak (1994-97) in Pro Bowls.  In all of those years, Hanks was either a Second Team or First Team All-Pro (three Second and one First), and he was a massive part of San Francisco's Super Bowl winning season XXIX.  Hanks left San Francisco for one final season in Seattle, and he would have 15 Interceptions over his 49ers run.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Safety
  • Acquired: Selected in the 5th Round, 122nd Overall 4/22/91.
  • Departed: Signed with the Seattle Seahawks after the 1998 Season.
  • Games Played: 125
  • Notable Statistics:

    107 Games Started
    31 Interceptions
    380 Interception Return Yards
    2 Interception Return Touchdowns
    3 Forced Fumbles
    10 Fumble Recoveries
    107 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    1 Quarterback Sack
    474 Combined Tackles
    265 Solo Tackles*
    41 Assisted Tackles*
    2 Punt Returns
    48 Punt Return Yards
    1 Punt Return Touchdown
    72 Approximate Value

    14 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    31 Interception Return Yards
    40 Combined Tackles
    32 Solo Tackles
    8 Assisted Tackles

    *Solo Tackles and Assisted Tackles were not stats until 1994.

  • Played For: San Francisco 49ers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXIX) 
    First Team All-Pro (1995)
    Second Team All-Pro (1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Pro Bowl (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997)

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