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The Hall of Fame drama builds

2/5/2011

DALLAS -- I'm sitting next to a couple of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters, but they're not allowed to divulge any details. We'll find out the results at 7 p.m. ET. But while we wait, I wanted to bring up Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger's candidacy.

Rick Maese of the Washington Post talked to Hanburger this week about his chances. He retired in 1978 after making nine Pro Bowls and being named All Pro four times. He's not one of the most recognizable names in Redskins history, in part, because he preferred it that way. Hanburger says he rarely watches football and hasn't sat around longing to be in the Hall.

"I guess you could say I'm deeply honored," Hanburger said. "The idea of the Hall of Fame, it's not something I'd given up on because I really hadn't ever given it any thought. I'm very sincere when I tell you that I feel very fortunate to be nominated."

Hanburger is one of two nominees from the seniors committee. We've seen 18 of the past 20 nominees get the green light. It would be a big surprise if Hanburger doesn't make it, but you don't get the feeling he'd be too upset about it. If he's voted in, he'll hop a plane early Sunday morning and be in Arlington, Texas for the Super Bowl.

Redskins fans have taken over Canton, Ohio, in recent years. Now, it looks like they'll have another chance.