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The 6-2, 265-pound former Alabama star was the outstanding run-blocker of his era. Defensive players who did not have their helmet strapped on tight were in danger of losing it with one of his trademark forearm blows. Hannah intimidated quietly and dominated thoroughly, operating with a ruthless, business-like efficiency on every play. He was frightening when he pulled on sweeps or other power runs, a nightmare for defensive ends and linebackers who were daring enough to step into his path.
Hannah's quickness and physical game were impressive, but no more than the intensity he put into preparation for every game. He knew the strengths and weaknesses of every opponent and entered every contest with a personal game plan. Hannah's strength was execution and he approached every play as if it would be his last. When he stepped up to the line with eyes ablaze, nobody doubted who was in control.
Hannah joined the Patriots in 1973 as the 4th overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft. He played his entire professional career in Foxborough. Hannah was named All-Pro 10 times (1976-1985) and All-AFC 10 times (1974, 1976-1985). Hannah was also selected to play in 9 Pro Bowls. He is also one of the few players to have been named to the NFL All-Decade Team twice, as Hannah was selected to both the 1970s and 1980s All-Decade Teams (joining an elite group of players who have achieved this including Walter Payton). Hannah was also selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, being the #1 guard in the team.
9x Pro Bowl selection (1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
10x All-Pro selection (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
2x All-America Selection (1971, 1972)
NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
New England Patriots #73 Retired