Joselio Hanson
Hanson in the 2012 NFL season
No. 27, 22, 21, 23     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-08-13) August 13, 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Career information
College: Texas Tech
Undrafted in 2003
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2003 2005)
Career highlights and awards
* World Bowl champion (XIV)
Total tackles     320
Sacks     3.5
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     6
Interceptions     6
Defensive touchdowns     1
Stats at

Joselio Basilio Hanson (born August 13, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He began his professional career by signing with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2003, and has also spent one year of his career in Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy. He has played for the Philadelphia Eagles for six seasons starting in 2006.

He played college football at Texas Tech after transferring from El Camino Junior College.

Early yearsEdit

Hanson's parents are John, a musician, and Yolanda, an opera singer. He attended St. Bernard High School in California and was a letterman in football. After not even starting as a junior, he helped lead his team to the state finals as a senior.[1]

College careerEdit

Hanson first played college football at El Camino Junior College, before transferring to Texas Tech for his final two years. He also received interest from Illinois and Arkansas.[2] At Texas Tech, he majored in human development and family studies.

Professional careerEdit

San Francisco 49ersEdit

After not being selected in the 2003 NFL Draft, Hanson was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He did not make the final roster as a rookie, but was retained on the team's practice squad through the regular season. In 2004 he made the active roster and went on to play in 13 games that year, starting three of them. He registered 18 solo tackles, two assists, six pass deflections and a sack.[3]

Hanson remained a member of the 49ers through the 2005 offseason, but was cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.[4]

Frankfurt GalaxyEdit

After his release from the 49ers, Hanson was not picked up by another NFL team and chose to spend a season in Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy, after they drafted him in the 6th round of the league's free agent draft.[5] The Galaxy won the league championship in his first and only year with the team.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

In 2006, shortly after the conclusion of the NFL Europe season, Hanson was signed to a two-year contract by the Philadelphia Eagles. That season, Hanson played in all sixteen games for Philadelphia, starting one, garnering 26 solo tackles, nine assists, and thirteen pass deflections.[6] In 2007 season, he again played in all sixteen games, starting four, and made 45 solo tackles and seven assists, along with a sack and a fumble recovery. This earned him a one-year contract for the 2008 season.[7]

Hanson's number was changed from 22 to 21 during the 2008 offseason, due to Asante Samuel signing with the team. On the Thanksgiving night game against the Arizona Cardinals, Hanson started in place of an injured Samuel and recorded his first career interception. In week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys, he returned a fumble 97 yards for his first career touchdown, as part of a victory that sent the Eagles to the playoffs.[1]

On February 20, 2009, Hanson agreed to a five-year contract with the Eagles, worth $21 million.[1] He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent the following week.

On November 11, 2009 it was announced that Hanson was to be suspended for the next four games of the season due to failing a drug test before the NFC Championship the previous season.[8] On December 7, Hanson had his suspension lifted, and was able to play on the active roster for the remainder of the season.

Hanson was released on September 3, 2011, during final roster cuts. Hanson was re-signed to a two-year contract by the Eagles on September 7, 2011.[9]

He was released again during final roster cuts on August 31, 2012.[10]

Oakland RaidersEdit

Hanson was signed by Oakland Raiders on September 3, 2012.[11] On August 27, 2013, he was placed on the injured reserve list.[12] On August 31, 2013, he was waived with an injury settlement.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jason Lewis (November 18, 2010). "Joselio Hanson has made it from St. Bernard high school to the NFL". Los Angeles Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  2. "Player Bio: Joselio Hanson". Texas Tech Athletics. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  3. "Joselio Hanson: Career Stats at". Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  4. "TRANSACTIONS - List -". New York Times. August 29, 2005. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  5. "Niners go their separate ways in NFL Europe". January 30, 2006. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  6. "Joselio Hanson, DB for the Philadelphia Eagles at". Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  7. "Eagles sign restricted free agent CB Joselio Hanson to 1-year deal". USA Today. The Associated Press. April 1, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-19.
  8. Bowen, Les (November 11, 2009). "Cornered: Hobbs Out, Hanson Suspended". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  9. McLane, Jeff (September 7, 2009). "Hanson Back With Eagles". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  10. Silva, Evan. "Eagles waive Mardy Gilyard, expected to release Joselio Hanson". NBC Sports. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  11. Alper, Josh (September 3, 2012). "Raiders Sign Joselio Hanson". NBC Sports.
  12. Brinson, Will (August 27, 2013). "2013 NFL Roster Cuts: Tracking teams down to 75 Tuesday". Retrieved September 6, 2013.

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