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Place of birth:  Dallas, Texas
Name  Merton Hanks
College:  Iowa
Role  American football player

Tackles:  445
Education  University of Iowa
Interceptions:  33
Positions  Safety
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Date of birth:  (1968-03-12) March 12, 1968 (age 47)
NFL draft:  1991 / Round: 5 / Pick: 122

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Merton Edward Hanks (born March 12, 1968) is a former American football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1990s. He is currently the NFL Vice President of Operations.


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College career

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Hanks attended Lake Highlands High School, where he was a district track and field champion. He went on to the University of Iowa, earning all-Big Ten honors at cornerback. However, at the NFL scouting combine, his 40-yard dashes were extremely slow, and he was not drafted until the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers.

Professional career

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Despite his low selection, Hanks was selected for four Pro Bowl and three All-Pro teams. He was well known for his interceptions and returns, as well as his unique "pigeon dance" celebrations which were later emulated by basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. He was a member of the 1994 San Francisco team that won Super Bowl XXIX. Hanks finished his career with the Seattle Seahawks, retiring in 1999.

Executive career

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Hanks was previously the assistant director of operations for the National Football League, and he currently is the NFL Vice President of Operations in charge of player conduct. He regularly goes on speaking tours.

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