Saturday evening in Canton, Ohio, former Redskins great Chris "The Hangman" Hanburger will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 Enshrinement Class. But unlike almost all Hall of Fame inductees who have come before him, Hanburger doesn't plan on writing a speech beforehand - he just plans to "wing it". Via Cliff Hickman of the CantonRep.com:
I am not going to write a speech. I'm just going to go up there and as they say, wing it. If people get left out, if thoughts get left out, so be it. It's just the way it goes. I'm not even going to worry about it.
Not only does the extremely private and introspective Hanburger not plan to write a speech, he also doesn't see what the big deal is about him choosing NOT to do so:
What difference does it make? What is the big deal? Holy mackerel. It got to me today when this one particular person asked me about it. I think it was also because of some of the other questions he asked before that. They weren't very good questions. I mean it would be like me sitting him down and saying ‘OK buddy, if you're on an island and the only persons that are there are your mother and father and to survive, you've got to become a cannibal. Who are you going to eat first?' Come on.
That is one heck of a hypothetical, Mr. Hanburger. All I would say is, maybe jot down a few notes before you head up there, because you can bet Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe will have speeches rivaling "War and Peace" in length.