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A client of mine (she and her husband are friends with John Hannah) arranged, a couple of weeks ago, for me and my son to spend a couple of hours with John at his farm today. My son is a freshman in high school and plays right guard. John played left guard. It began casually with John just asking my son things about his offense and explaining some things as it relates to an overall understanding of everything that is going on on the football field. It then elevated to 1-on-1 technique illustrations in the living room that lasted 30-45 minutes. It ended with doughnuts and coffee. It took us an hour to get home and we talked about it all the way home. John Hannah was known for his incredible technique and he shared many tips as it relates to those techniques. He illustrated and then had my son repeat. Truly an awesome day with an awesome man. I could not begin to articulate my level of appreciation for the interest he took in my son today. Inspirational. Just thought I would share. Roll Tide!
I met him down in Jacksonville, Fl for the Bama/FSU football game several years ago and he's a class act!!!
That's awesome, getting John Hannah to give your son tips on how to play offensive guard is like Wayne Gretzky teaching someone to play hockey or Michael Jordan teaching someone how to play basketball. Hannah dominated every defensive lineman he ever played against...even HOFers like Randy White and Joe Green. I bet some DBs still wake up from nightmares of #73 pulling and lead blocking downfield.
You truly were in the presence of a football icon. I am 34 and never saw the man play a down live, but have seen video, and read and heard enough to know that he was a TRUE BEAST. I mean he is on the NFL greatest of all time team.
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Tark & Tusk. You guys are right on. The best part of it is that I really believe my son understands that reality. It was truly an inspirational day for him (and me, as well). Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Big Tide, he was nothing but class. Truly an awesome experience and a great Christmas gift - his time - his 1-on-1 instruction. I wish I could do the experience justice with words.
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