Phil Hansen Honored In Oakes


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( Former Buffalo Bills and North Dakota State University Defensive End, and Oakes native Phil Hansen received two very special honors on Saturday afternoon during the city’s annual Irrigation Days.

Oakes Mayor Monty Zimmer presenting Phil Hansen with the key to the city.

Hansen was presented with a Key To The City by Oakes Mayor Monty Zimmer, and was also named The Pride Of Oakes for 2012 by the Oakes Chamber of Commerce.

Hansen has had quite the past year, in addition to the honors received in Oakes, he was been inducted into the Buffalo Bills Wall Of Fame during the 2011-12 season, announced one of the Bills’ draft picks at April’s NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and is now in the process running for a Minnesota State Senate seat in his current home of Detroit Lakes.

Oakes Chamber President Shawn Ulmer presenting Phil with "The Pride Of Oakes". All photos by Jason Metko

While playing football at NDSU, Hansen set records with 41 regular-season sacks and 32 pass breakups, and started on the Division II national championship teams in 1988 and 1990.

He was drafted in the second round by Buffalo with the 54th pick in 1991 and in ten seasons with the Bills, played in three Super Bowls and had 61.5 sacks.

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