10) Chris Hanburger

Chris Hanburger: a player who started a new generation of linebackers in the NFL, and a master of his craft.

In early August, I heard from innovative Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger, who started a new era of linebackers in the NFL in the 1970s that were more mobile and could be more effective against the pass just as much against the run. A 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame senior inductee who was the centerpiece of the George Allen Redskins defense, who dominated the NFC in the early 70s, Chris was also a master of reading an offense’s anticipation and reaction.

While somewhat of a blunt response from Mr. Hanburger, which is likely his military background talking, I very much appreciate the advice from this pro football legend, and this positive attitude toward my diagnosis remained in me. It wasn’t long after I received this letter I was deemed cancer-free.


Published by gratitudetogreats

I am a stage 2 squamous cell cancer survivor who did a project to not just celebrate my victory, but celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NFL and the many greats who built that great institution called Gratitude to Greats. This is where I chronicle my responses from where I sent NFL greats my letters and emails...

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