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#14 - Swede Hanson
« on: May 08, 2009, 07:28:29 PM »



#14
Swede Hanson


At #14, we have the only original Philadelphia Eagle to make the list, Thomas (Swede) Hanson, who played fullback, tailback, defensive back, and linebacker from 1933 to 1937.

Swede was a product of Temple and played in the NFL with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1931 and Staten Island Stapletons in ’32 before joining the fledgling Eagles. He holds the distinction of having scored the first touchdown in Eagles history, on a 35-yard pass from Roger Kirkman against Green Bay in the third game of the ’33 season (the Eagles were shut out in their first two games). The next week he accounted for the lone score in the team’s first win, 6-0 over the Cincinnati Reds. In the second encounter with the Reds at the Baker Bowl, Swede didn’t score but as a newspaper account of the game put it, “Hanson kept the crowd in an uproar with his broken field dashes, on one occasion carrying the ball 70 yards on three plays” as the Birds won again, 20-3. Swede excelled on kick returns as well as running out of the backfield, and for the year ranked 5th in the NFL with 475 yards rushing. He received 2nd team recognition on the official All-NFL team as well as those selected by the Chicago Daily News and Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Swede had three 100-yard rushing performances in 1934, his best season. The first came in the season-opening loss at Green Bay as he accumulated 116 yards on 13 carries. The next week he scored on runs of 15 and 34 yards as the Eagles defeated Pittsburgh, 17-0. His (and the team’s) biggest game of the season came in a 64-0 drubbing of the Reds at home as Swede gained a career-high 190 yards on 18 carries and scored three TDs (the Cincinnati franchise promptly folded). A week later, Hanson ran for 118 yards on 17 attempts, including a 60-yard run that set up the only Eagles TD, as the Eagles lost to Brooklyn, 10-7. For the year, Swede led the NFL with 146 rushing attempts (tied with Ace Gutowsky of Detroit) and ranked 2nd with 805 yards and 7 rushing TDs. His 5.5-yard average gain per carry ranked 4th. For his efforts he again received 2nd team recognition on the official All-NFL team and from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Hanson was involved in some controversy during the 1935 season, when the Eagles signed star Pitt running back Isadore (Izzy) Weinstock for the then-huge sum of $3000. Swede promptly held out for an additional $5 per game. He succeeded in getting the raise – but when the team lost three straight, he was docked $25 per game (along with other players). As it was, Swede missed time due to injuries and his numbers suffered significantly as a result. While he led the team in rushing for the third consecutive season, it was with just 209 yards and a 2.7 average gain per carry.

The highlight of the 1936 season for Hanson was a 107-yard rushing performance (on 15 carries) in the opening day upset of the Giants. It was the only win of the season for the Eagles, and Swede gained just 252 yards in the remaining games, although he was the team leader for the last time. Hanson played in just two games in 1937, and moved on to Pittsburgh in ’38, where he ended his NFL career.

For his career with the Eagles, Swede gained 1907 yards on 493 carries (a 3.9-yard average) with 12 TDs. He had the first four 100-yard rushing games in Eagles history, with the 190 yards against Cincinnati in 1934 his best single game performance. He also caught 22 passes for 323 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and a touchdown, leading the team with a career-high 10 catches in 1933.

In addition to running the ball, he threw a total of 58 passes as an Eagle, completing 12 for 101 yards and no TDs with 10 interceptions. Statistics being sketchy during this period in NFL history, defensively, we don’t know how many interceptions Swede had, but he did score on an interception return in 1934. Punt and kickoff return statistics also weren’t compiled in the 1930s, so while he returned kicks and game accounts indicate that he was a good kick returner, there are no numbers available to validate that.

Swede Hanson was described in the Philadelphia Bulletin as a “rawboned, lantern-jawed, easygoing New Jersey farm boy who never cared much about anything except lugging a football past white lines”. An exciting open-field runner and the prototype for later Eagles running backs like Timmy Brown, Wilbert Montgomery, and Brian Westbrook, the 6’1”, 190-pound Hanson was a star for a weak team in the ‘30s and the first prominent player in the franchise’s history.

Swede Hanson’s career record with the Eagles:

RUSHING

Year
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
G
9
11
11
12
2
Att.
133
146
77
119
18
Yds.
475
805
209
359
59
Avg.
3.6   
5.5   
2.7
3.0
3.3   
TD
3
7
0
1
1

PASS RECEIVING

Year
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
G
9
11
11
12
2
Rec.
10
5
4
3
0
Yds.
186
22
82
33
0
Avg.
18.6   
4.4   
20.5
11.0
0   
TD
1
0
0
0
0



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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009, 07:36:04 PM »

Other Eagles who wore #14:

Rudy Gollomb (G, 1936)
Elwood Dow (Blocking Back/FB/DB, 1938-40)
Bob Gambold (QB, 1953)
Pete Liske (QB, 1971-72)
Marty Horn (QB, 1987 - replacement player)
Rick Tuten (P, 1989)
Jeff Wilkins (PK, 1994)
Ty Detmer (QB, 1996-97)
Doug Pederson (QB, 1999)
A.J. Feeley (QB, 2001-03, 06-08)
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2009, 07:38:36 PM »

Temple sucks.
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2009, 08:00:29 PM »

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Swede promptly held out for an additional $5 per game. He succeeded in getting the raise – but when the team lost three straight, he was docked $25 per game (along with other players).

this is awesome

it actually highlights a few things though...

1.  modern day players aren't the ones who turned the nfl into a "business."

2.  old timers didn't play just for the love of the game.

3.  poor performance came out of your paycheck, as it should be. 
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2009, 10:05:25 PM »

i cant wait till this count-up gets into the 80's
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 10:54:13 AM »

The players whose number was in the 80's or who played in the 1980s?
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2009, 01:39:03 PM »

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Swede promptly held out for an additional $5 per game. He succeeded in getting the raise – but when the team lost three straight, he was docked $25 per game (along with other players).

this is awesome

it actually highlights a few things though...

1.  modern day players aren't the ones who turned the nfl into a "business."

2.  old timers didn't play just for the love of the game.

3.  poor performance came out of your paycheck, as it should be. 

Sports would be awesome if the players on winning teams got a huge bonus, and the Rams and Lions didn't get jack shtein. 

I would love to see players getting signed for $12M for 4 seasons, and another $250,000 for each game won.  Then even more of a bonus as they climb through the playoffs. 
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2009, 11:14:51 PM »

Just imagine how great it would be to watch a receiver drop a game-winning TD or a kicker miss a last-second FG if they were costing everyone on the team big money. The problem you'd run into is all the good players gravitating toward just a handful of teams for the guaranteed cash... though it would be entertaining watching guys get drafted onto teams where they know they have no shot at making serious money.

I'm sure there are ways you could structure it better, though.
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2009, 02:39:22 PM »

Steve van buren what a great player he is?

Van Buren retired as league record holder for rushing yards (5860) and rushing touchdowns (69). He also scored three times returning kickoffs, three times on receptions, and twice on punt returns for a total of 77 touchdowns. He was also the first running back to pass 1000 yards in a season twice. A fast, powerful back, he stood 6-1 and weighed 200 pounds, and could run the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds.
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Re: #14 - Swede Hanson
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009, 03:55:25 PM »

lmao.  farging tool. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2009, 09:26:06 PM »

Candy's post is awesome.  A spammer who does their research first.

I might just buy some real estate in Fort Lauderdale only because Candy knows what I love.
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