2011 NFL Hall Of Fame Class: Chris Hanburger, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe Confirmed

Linebacker Chris Hanburger played with the Redskins from 1965-1978, and now he'll be entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Chris Hanburger Is 'Thrilled To Death' To Be Inducted To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Longtime Redskins linebacker Chris Hansburger has been confirmed as a senior entrant into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and as you'd expect, he's excited to receive the honor. He spoke with redskins.com about his selection.

"I know it's a very difficult thing to get in, to even be nominated. But I was totally shocked when I got the call saying that I had been nominated, and it's just a tremendous honor. I'm thrilled to death with it.  I do know that there have been a lot of folks working in the background, which I greatly appreciate.  I'm just thrilled to death."

Hanburger will be traveling to Dallas via Dan Snyder's personal private jet to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow. This year's inductees will also be honored and announced at the game.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen is the son of George Allen, who coached Hanburger in the 1970s. Allen might know better than any other current member of the Redskins organization how important Hanburger was to the team.

"Today’s media applauds Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for being able to run the offense and audible and check. Well, Chris Hanburger did that in the 70s. He not only called [audibles] on his own, he had over 100 audibles each game that he had to manage.

"One of the reasons we were so successful was our defense, because Chris managed it no different than quarterbacks do today. That type of field general should be recognized for his contribution."

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Redskins Linebacker Chris Hanburger Joins Pro Football Hall Of Fame

After spending all day debating and voting, the 44-member Selection Committee has confirmed former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger for the NFL Hall of Fame. He'll be joined in the 2011 class by Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, and Les Richter.

Hanburger becomes the fourth Redskin in three years to be joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Russ Grimm entered the Hall in 2010 and Darrell Green and Art Monk were both inducted in 2009.

Hanburger was drafted by the Redskins in the 18th round of the 1965 NFL Draft and spent his entire career with the team. He went to the Pro Bowl nine times, which is more than any other Redskins player in history. He was named an All-Pro four times, and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1972.

Faulk and Sanders were the only players confirmed to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf did not receive the minimum 80% necessary to enter the Hall of Fame this year, and will have to try again in the future.

Redskins fans will of course also remember that Sanders spent one year in Washington (2000), but played his best seasons with the Cowboys and Falcons.

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Voting Schedule And Announcement Time

Another Redskins player may be joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. He'll find out later today.

Linebacker Chris Hanburger, who spent his entire career in Washington after being selected by the team in the 18th round of the 1965 NFL Draft, is eligible for selection to the NFL Hall of Fame as a senior candidate.

The voting has taken place, with the announcement of the elected members set for 7:00 PM on the NFL Network. The 44-person Selection Committee representing the Football Writers Association of America spent all day deliberating and debating over each of 17 finalists. There will be a minimum of four and maximum of seven players confirmed for the Hall of Fame, and a player must receive 80% of the vote to get in. If less than four of the modern-era candidates receive 80%, the top four vote-getters will be entering the Hall of Fame.

The five first-year candidates highlight the list of those eligible. Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Deion Sanders, and Willie Roaf could all be confirmed in their first year.

Hanburger is one of the two senior candidates nominated. The only way to have the maximum of seven players entering the Hall of Fame this year would be if both Hanburger and fellow senior candidate Les Richter received over 80% of the vote.

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2011 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class: Chris Hanburger Is A Finalist

The finalists are in for the 2011 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class, and one former Washington Redskins player is among the nominees.

Linebacker Chris Hanburger is one of the two senior finalists nominated, along with Les Richter of the Los Angeles Rams. There are a total of 17 finalists this year, and each must receive at least 80% of the vote to be confirmed. The other finalists are Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Marshall Faulk, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Andre Reed, Willie Roaf, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, and Shannon Sharpe.

Hanburger played his entire 14-year career with the Redskins after being selected in the 18th round of the 1965 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl nine times and was voted the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1972, the same year that he helped lead the Redskins to the Super Bowl.

If confirmed, Hanburger would be the third former Redskin in two years to enter the Hall Of Fame. Darrell Green and Art Monk were elected together in 2009 and Russ Grimm joined them last year.

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