Green Bay Packers: Top 10 defensive linemen of all time

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9. Dave “The Hawg” Hanner

“The Hawg” Hanner was one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL during the 1950s. Playing from 1952-1964, Hanner became a key part of the early Lombardi era and even won two NFL championships (’61-’62) during the tail end of his career.

Only listed at 6-foot-2 and 257 pounds, Hanner wasn’t the biggest defensive tackle in the NFL, but he was known for his grit and nonstop motor. Incredibly, in 13 seasons in Green Bay Hanner only missed four starts, playing 160 of a possible 164 games.

After spending his entire career in a Packers jersey, Hanner went on to become a very good assistant coach and scout for the Packers, totaling 44 years as a member of the Packers organization.

Hanner was not only the first Packers defensive lineman to earn multiple Pro Bowl honors (’53 and ’54), but in 1974 he also became the first defensive lineman elected to the Packers Hall of Fame.

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