Tom Hanson

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Swede Hanson
HB / TB / FB
Jersey numbers:
17, 42
born November 10, 1907 in Navesink , New Jersey
died on August 5, 1970 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Career information
Active : 1931 - 1938
College : Temple University
Career statistics
Games     64
Touchdowns     15th
Space gained by running     2,122 yards
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • 2 × All-Pro election (1933, 1934) 2nd team

Thomas Tucker "Swede" Hanson (born November 10, 1907 in Navesink , New Jersey , † August 5, 1970 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania ) was an American American football player . He played as a running back in the National Football League (NFL), including with the Philadelphia Eagles .

Player career

Swede Hanson studied at Temple University , where he also played for their football team. In 1931 he was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers and moved to local rivals, the Staten Island Stapletons , after a year of play . The Stapletons had to withdraw from the NFL after the 1932 season for financial reasons. Hanson received an offer from the Philadelphia Eagles , who were newly inducted into the NFL in 1933. He played for this team for five years. From 1933 to 1936, Hanson was the Philadelphia team's most successful running back . In 1934 he was the first Eagles player to gain more than 100 yards of space by running play in one game. In the 6:19 defeat of his team against the Green Bay Packers , he gained 116 yards of space. After another playing year with the Pittsburgh Pirates , trained by John McNally , he ended his career in 1938. He then worked as a boat builder in the Philadelphia Navy Yard .


Tom Hanson was voted All-Pro in 1933 and 1934 .


  • Ray Didinger / Robert S. Lyons: The Eagles Encyclopedia. Temple University Press, 2005, ISBN 9781592134540

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Annual statistics of the Eagles
  2. Philadelphia Eagles team history