Former Buffalo Bills defensive end Phil Hansen has been selected as the 27th Wall of Fame inductee for 2011. Hansen, a second-round (27th overall), draft choice of Buffalo in 1991, played his entire 11-year NFL career with the Bills and started 148-of-156 games. The North Dakota State product totaled 61.5 career sacks to rank second in team history at the time of his retirement in 2001, along with 456 tackles.
The Bills announced on Wednesday that Tom Modrak has been relieved of his duties as Vice President of College Scouting.
BuffaloBills.com – Chris Brown reports on Hansen to be next Wall of Famer
Buffalo News – Mark Gaughan reports on Modrak’s departure
Rochester D&C – Leo Roth on Phil Hansen’s selection to the Wall of Fame
Rochester D&C – Sal Maiorana on the release of Modrak
ESPN Insider – Looks at the Bills’ post-draft needs
Olean Times Herald – Marcell Dareus has played with a heavy heart
BuffaloBills.com – 2011 Wall of Fame Honoree: Phil Hansen
BuffaloBills.com – Bills Focus: Sheppard Adds Size, Depth Inside
103.3 The Edge – (Interview starts at 12-minute mark) Aaron Williams talks with Shredd and Ragan about his draft day experience, his first conversations with Bills staff (came on draft day), his relationship with Marcell, discussion with CJ Spiller, Bills fans on twitter and exchanging tweets with Andre Reed
ESPN 950 Richmond – Justin Rogers checks in with his local sports radio station
KNBR680 San Francisco (Tuesday, May 3) – Stevie Johnson discusses with playing in Buffalo, landing in Kentucky, Why So Serious? and more
HANSEN NOTES AND NUMBERS
3 – Phil Hansen recovered three fumbles in 11 postseason games which leads all Bills’ defenders in playoff record books.
3.5 – Hansen registered 3.5 sacks in playoff games, fifth-most in Buffalo postseason history.
10 –Hansen recovered 10 opponent fumbles during his Bills career, tying as the fifth-most in team history.
11 – The number of years Hansen played in the NFL, all with the Bills. His 11 years of service with Buffalo are tied as the sixth-most in team history.
27 –Hansen will become the 27th Wall of Fame honoree. He will join former teammates Kent Hull, Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Jim Ritcher, Bruce Smith, Steve Tasker and Thurman Thomas on the Wall of Fame inside Ralph Wilson Stadium.
61.5 – The number of sacks Hansen registered during his Bills tenure. At the time of his retirement in 2001, only Bruce Smith (171.0) totaled more quarterback takedowns. Hansen currently ranks third on the Bills all-time sack chart (Aaron Schobel, 78.0).
156 –Hansen played in 156 games with Buffalo.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I think of my career of 11 years all in the same place and I try to think of highlights of my career. But I when I look back I think of my time in Buffalo. I wasn’t a superstar. I look back at my career and I’d say I was a consistent, dependable and accountable football player. That’s not fancy, but it’s who I was. And with all of the great names around me on the football field, I did my role. I did my job and I did it as well as I could. But Bruce Smith kind of overshadowed me while I was there because of what he’s done and I know he’s on the Wall of Fame already – certainly deservingly so. When I found out about this I was shocked,” Phil Hansen on being selected to the Wall of Fame.
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
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Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. presented the Bills their 1993 AFC Championship rings in a ceremony at mini-camp.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
2011 Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame inductee No. 90 DE Phil Hansen wraps up Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino.
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