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3. Chris Hanburger

Chris Hanburger may have had a good career at North Carolina, but it was only worthy of generating an 18thRound Pick in the NFL Draft.  It is likely that nobody noticed the selection of Hanburger by the Washington Redskins, but they noticed his overall professional career.


The Linebacker played his entire career with Washington (1965-78), an incredible accomplishment for a player drafted as low as Hanburger. Despite his late draft choice, Hanburger made the Redskins roster and was a starter in five games as a rookie. Hanburger would become Washington’s starting Right Linebacker from 1966 until his retirement in 1978, and he would go to nine Pro Bowls and four First Team All-Pros. 

The former Tarheel would be known in the Capital City for his dual ability to stop the run and pass, and Hanburger was also an exceptional tackler. Over his career, Hanburger accomplished a 135-game starting streak, and after his retirement, he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 as a Senior Candidate.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 18th Round, 245th Overall in the NFL Draft 11/28/64.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1978 Season.
  • Games Played: 187
  • Notable Statistics:

    175 Games Started
    19 Interceptions
    347 Interception Return Yards
    2 Interception Return Touchdowns
    17 Fumble Recoveries
    53 Fumble Recovery Yards
    3 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    45.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    3 Kick Returns 
    33 Kick Return Yards
    1 Reception
    1 Receiving Yard
    131 Approximate Value

    7 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    15 Interception Yards
    1.0 Quarterback Sack*

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1969, 1972, 1973 & 1975)
    Second Team All-Pro (1974)
    Pro Bowl (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1976)

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