Merton Hanks

All-Pro Athlete, Husband, Father, Businessman, League Executive, Philanthropist

Summary

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.  After retiring from the NFL, he served as the NFL Vice President of Operations.  He currently serves as a Sr. Associate Commissioner with Conference USA (C-USA).

College Career

Hanks attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas 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 (pick 122) by the San Francisco 49ers.

Professional Career

Despite his low selection, Hanks was selected for four Pro Bowl appearances (1994 – 1997) and four All-Pro teams (1994 – 1997). He was also selected as the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 1995.  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 played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991 – 1998 and 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.

Statistics

Tackles 501
Interceptions 33
Int. Yards 410
TDs 3

Executive Career

Hanks was previously the assistant director of operations for the National Football League and also served as the NFL Vice President of Operations in charge of player conduct.  He regularly goes on speaking tours and is currently a Sr. Associate Commissioner with ConferenceUSA (C-USA).  

Family

Merton grew up in Dallas, Texas as the son of Connie Harris.  His father (Richard Hanks) was shot and killed when he was a baby.  He excelled in sports during his high school years at Lake Highland High School where he was a District champion in track and field.  He made the decision to attend the University of Iowa where he met his beautiful wife Marva when he was a Freshmand and she was a Junior.  They married in 1989 and have two wonderful daughers – Maya (25) and Milan (24).  

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Merton Hanks

All-Pro Athlete, Husband, Father, Businessman, League Executive, Philanthropist

Summary

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.  After retiring from the NFL, he served as the NFL Vice President of Operations.  He currently serves as a Sr. Associate Commissioner with Conference USA (C-USA).

College Career

Hanks attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas 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 (pick 122) by the San Francisco 49ers.

Professional Career

Despite his low selection, Hanks was selected for four Pro Bowl appearances (1994 – 1997) and four All-Pro teams (1994 – 1997). He was also selected as the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 1995.  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 played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991 – 1998 and 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.

Statistics

Tackles 501
Interceptions 33
Int. Yards 410
TDs 3

Executive Career

Hanks was previously the assistant director of operations for the National Football League and also served as the NFL Vice President of Operations in charge of player conduct.  He regularly goes on speaking tours and is currently a Sr. Associate Commissioner with ConferenceUSA (C-USA).  

Family

Merton grew up in Dallas, Texas as the son of Connie Harris.  His father (Richard Hanks) was shot and killed when he was a baby.  He excelled in sports during his high school years at Lake Highland High School where he was a District champion in track and field.  He made the decision to attend the University of Iowa where he met his beautiful wife Marva when he was a Freshmand and she was a Junior.  They married in 1989 and have two wonderful daughers – Maya (25) and Milan (24).  

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Merton
Hanks

All-Pro Athlete, Husband, Father, Businessman, League Executive, Philanthropist

Summary

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.  After retiring from the NFL, he served as the NFL Vice President of Operations.  He currently serves as a Sr. Associate Commissioner with Conference USA (C-USA).

College Career

Hanks attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas 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 (pick 122) by the San Francisco 49ers.

Professional Career

Despite his low selection, Hanks was selected for four Pro Bowl appearances (1994 – 1997) and four All-Pro teams (1994 – 1997). He was also selected as the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 1995.  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 played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991 – 1998 and 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.

Statistics

Tackles 501
Interceptions 33
Int. Yards 410
TDs 3

Executive Career

Hanks was previously the assistant director of operations for the National Football League and also served as the NFL Vice President of Operations in charge of player conduct.  He regularly goes on speaking tours and is currently a Sr. Associate Commissioner with ConferenceUSA (C-USA).  

Family

Merton grew up in Dallas, Texas as the son of Connie Harris.  His father (Richard Hanks) was shot and killed when he was a baby.  He excelled in sports during his high school years at Lake Highland High School where he was a District champion in track and field.  He made the decision to attend the University of Iowa where he met his beautiful wife Marva when he was a Freshmand and she was a Junior.  They married in 1989 and have two wonderful daughers – Maya (25) and Milan (24).