Miami, Fla. Former Alabama All-American and NFL Hall of Famer, John Hannah, will be inducted into the Regions Bank Orange Bowl Hall of Honor at this year’s game on Jan. 2, 2008.
Hannah is the 10th former Tide coach or player to be inducted into the Orange Bowl’s Hall of Honor, joining Joe Namath (1979), Paul “Bear” Bryant (1981), Frank Howard (1981), Steve Sloan (1982), Lee Roy Jordan (1984), Don Whitmire (1985), Bart Starr (1986), Hootie Ingram (1999) and Ozzie Newsome (2002).
Known as one of the greatest offensive linemen in football history, Hannah was a two-time All-American under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1970-1972. He played in the Jan. 1, 1972 Orange Bowl that featured a pair of undefeated teams as No. 2 Alabama faced No. 1 Nebraska for the national championship.
While at Alabama, Hannah was a pivotal member of an SEC Championship team, and later was named to the University of Alabama’s All-Decade team of the 70s and the school’s All-Century Team.
Following his collegiate career, Hannah was the first round pick of the New England Patriots and the fourth player selected in the 1973 National Football League Draft. He played his entire 12-year professional career with the Patriots, being named All-AFC and All-Pro 10 times each, and was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls. In the final season of his professional career, he was part of an AFC Championship team and played in Super Bowl XX. He won the NFL Players Association’s Offensive Lineman of the Year award four straight years from 1978 through 1981 and was also named to the NFL All-Decade Team twice (1970, 1980).
Hannah was also selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, being named the No. 1 guard on the team. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 1991 he became the first New England Patriots player, coach or administrator to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.