American Football Database
Dave Hanner
Date of birth: (1930-05-20)May 20, 1930
Place of birth: Parkin, Arkansas
Date of death: September 11, 2008(2008-09-11) (aged 78)
Place of death: Tarpon Springs, Florida[1]
Career information
Position(s): Defensive tackle
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 5 / Pick 52
 As player:
1952–1964 [1] Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 2
Honors: Packers Hall of Fame
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
Playing stats at

Dave "Hawg" Hanner – Joel David Hanner (May 20, 1930 – September 11, 2008) was an American football player, coach and scout who spent his entire 42 year career with the Green Bay Packers.

Coming out of Arkansas, Hanner played defensive tackle from 1952 to 1964 and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1953 and 1954. He started at left defensive end in 1961 and 1962 for the team's first two National Football League championships under Vince Lombardi. During his NFL career, Hanner played in 160 of 164 possible regular season games, missing three of those in his rookie season.[2]

Following his playing career, Hanner spent sixteen seasons as an assistant coach for the Packers. From 1965 until 1971, he was the defensive line coach. Once Dan Devine took over as head coach in 1972, he was promoted to the defensive coordinator, a position he served in until 1974. Bart Starr became the team's head coach in 1975 and Hanner remained as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He was released after the 1979 season, but returned as the team's quality control assistant in 1982. He transferred into a scout role until he retired in 1996.[3]

Hanner was inducted into both the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.


After being in poor health for an extended period, Hanner suffered a heart attack and died two days later on September 11, 2008.[1]