John Hannah

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John Allen "Hog" Hannah (born April 4, 1951 in Canton, Georgia) is a former All-American football player for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1970 to 1972. He went on to play for the New England Patriots for 13 years.

Early Life

John Hannah is the son of former Crimson Tide offensive lineman Herb Hannah, who played as a tackle for the New York Giants during the 1951 season. John Hannah was raised in Albertville and excelled at football, wrestling and track at the private Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

College career

Hannah played tackle and guard for the Alabama Crimson Tide under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1970 until 1972, and earned All-American honors twice, in 1971 and then was a unanimous Consensus All-American his senior year in 1972. During his tenure Hannah was part of an SEC championship-winning team. During his time at Alabama he also participated in wrestling, the shot put, and the discus throw.

His brothers, Charles and David, were also All-Conference offensive linemen for the University of Alabama.

Professional career

Hannah joined the Patriots in 1973 and played his entire professional career at the team's home in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Hannah was named All-Pro 7 times, selected to play in 9 Pro Bowls, and named to the 1970s and 1980s All-Decade Teams during his illustrious career. In 1991 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hannah became an assistant coach at Governor Dummer Academy in Massachusetts, leaving to accept the head coaching job at Somerville (Massachusetts) High School in in 2004. He left to become a special assistant coach at his alma mater, Baylor School, in 2005.

Recent years

In late 2006, Hannah made highly publicized comments regarding the coaching of the offensive line at Alabama. After a disastrous loss by Alabama to Mississippi State, Hannah stated in an interview that, watching the game from the stands, he could tell what type of play the Alabama offense was about to run based on the stances of the individual offensive linemen. He further added that if he could see that as a casual spectator in the stands, the opposing defenses certainly could.

His comments led many Alabama fans to hope that Hannah could, perhaps, come back and be the offensive line coach at Alabama. However, there have been no indications that Hannah would be interested in the position, or that Alabama would be interested in hiring him.

In March 2007, Hannah agreed to be the "honoree" for the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club's 2007 Roast and Silent Auction. The auction included items signed by Hannah. Proceeds of the event went to support programs in Vestavia Hills City Schools.

References

  • John Hannah (NFL player) (March 11, 2007) [1]. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed March 13, 2007.
  • Coman, Victoria L. (March 13, 2007). "Rotary to roast football great John Hannah." The Birmingham News

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