Dave Hanner
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1954 Bowman football card
No. 77, 79
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1930-05-20)May 20, 1930
Parkin, Arkansas, U.S.
Died:September 11, 2008(2008-09-11) (aged 78)
Tarpon Springs, Florida, U.S.[1]
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Parkin (AR)
NFL Draft:1952 / Round: 5 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Dave "Hawg" Hanner, born Joel David Hanner, (May 20, 1930 – September 11, 2008) was an American football player, coach and scout who spent nearly all of his 42-year career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).[2][3]

Early years

Born and raised in Parkin, Arkansas, Hanner grew up with four siblings on a family farm west of Memphis and played college football at the University of Arkansas.[4]

Playing career

Selected in the fifth round of the 1952 NFL draft, 52nd overall, Hanner played defensive tackle for the Packers for 13 seasons, from 1952 to 1964, and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1953 and 1954. He started at left defensive end in 1961 and 1962 for the team's first two National Football League championships under head coach Vince Lombardi. During his NFL career, Hanner played in 160 of 164 possible regular season games, missing three of those in his rookie season.[5]

Coaching career

Following his playing career, Hanner spent 16 seasons as an assistant coach for the Packers. From 1965 through 1970, he was the defensive line coach. When Dan Devine took over as head coach in 1971, he was promoted to the defensive coordinator, a position he served in until 1974.[6] Bart Starr became the team's head coach in 1975 and Hanner remained as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He was released after the 1979 season (and then worked for the rival Chicago Bears), but returned as the team's quality control assistant in 1982.[7][8] He transferred into a scout role until he retired in 1996.[4][9]

Hanner was inducted into both the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.


After being in poor health for an extended period, Hanner suffered a heart attack and died two days later on September 11, 2008.[1] Age 78, he was survived by his wife, six children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.[10]


  1. ^ a b Vandermause, Mike (2008-09-12). "Ex-Packer 'Hawg' Hanner dies". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-12.[dead link]
  2. ^ Hendricks, Martin (September 8, 2010). "Dave 'Hawg' Hanner started as tackle in 1952, retired as scout after 1996 season". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Meacham, Andrew (September 20, 2008). "Pasco resident and former Packers star dies". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Norris, Tim (April 30, 1996). "Leaving Hawg heaven". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 1C.
  5. ^ http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080912/PKR01/80912121/1058[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Lea, Bud (October 25, 1974). "Rap on Hanner just Hawg-wash". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  7. ^ Christopulos (May 15, 1982). "Hanner back on Packers' coaching staff". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  8. ^ Kupper, Mike (September 5, 1982). ""Hawg" is big man in small Packer office". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, sports.
  9. ^ Hall of Honor page[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Joel Dave "Hog" Hanner Jr". Legacy.com. (obituary). September 14, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2016.