Small town boy from North Dakota becomes the 27th member of the Bill Wall of FameOrchard Park, NY (WDAY TV) - September 18th will never be forgotten by Oakes native Phil Hansen. That's because today, a small town boy from North Dakota became the 27th member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Orchard Park, NY (WDAY TV) - September 18th will never be forgotten by Oakes native Phil Hansen. That's because today, a small town boy from North Dakota became the 27th member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
Today seemed like 1993 all over again as the Bills rallied twice in the 4th quarter to win. On a day when they honored one of their best players from that era in Phil Hansen.
Phil Hansen - Inducted into Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame: “You can remember me as consitant, dependable, and accountable for how I played. And if that's as good as it gets, then that's what I am.”
Consistant, dependable, and accountable define Phil Hansen. His 61 1/2 sacks still rank 3rd on the Bills all-time list despite being retired for 10 years. That productivity left a mark with his former teammates.
Andre Reed - Buffalo Bills Wall of Famer: “Phil, just did great things for us. He could of went to many pro bowls if he played for a different team. I think he relished in the role he played.”
That role today was not just football player, but dad. As this ceremony left a huge imprint on the Hansen family.
Dianna Hansen – Wife: “Of all the players that played here and all the good players that played here. It's overwhelming, I can't put it into words.”
Allen Hansen – Father: “Unbelievable, that it would happen to that little boy from North Dakota is hard to believe.”
Hope Hansen – Daughter: “I didn't expect this. I didn't think my dad was going to win a car. I thought it would be a lot more calm than this. Seeing what my dad did and where he played. It was really fun to see all that.”
Phil Hansen: “It was really a culmination and it's overwhelming. I was truly nervous walking onto that field. I haven't been nervous since before I played. But, to have the fans clap at the times when I said what I said was pretty cool.”
Hansen told me afterwards that he actually missed the unveiling of his name on the wall. Something tells me he'll get a look at that before he leaves town.