Chris Hanburger enters Hall of Fame

Chris Hanburger, the signal-caller for George Allen’s intricate

defenses in Washington, has been inducted into the Pro Football

Hall of Fame.

Nicknamed ”The Hangman,” Hanburger stood out for one violent

move he practically patented in 14 seasons with the Redskins: the

clothesline tackle, which eventually was outlawed.

A senior committee nominee, Hanburger made nine Pro Bowls in his

14 seasons, although he never won a championship. The linebacker’s

knack for finding the ball helped him to 19 interceptions and three

fumble returns for TDs, a league mark when he retired after the

1978 season.

Hanburger stared into the face of his bust Saturday before

saying induction is ”something that I never gave a thought

to.”