Hank Bauer (American football)

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Hank Bauer
No. 37
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1954-07-15) July 15, 1954 (age 64)
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Magnolia (CA)
College:California Lutheran
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Chargers Most Inspirational Player 1978
  • Chargers Special Teams MVP 1980–1981
  • NFL Alumni Special Teams Player of the Year
  • TBS NFL Special Teams Player of the Year
  • Pro Football Journal All NFL Decade Team '75-'85, Special Teamer
NFL Records
  • NFL Record 52 special teams tackles in 1981
  • Scored 3 TDs on 4 carries, but gained just 1 net yard vs New Orleans (9 December 1979)
Career NFL statistics
Games played - started:86 - 4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Henry John Bauer (born July 15, 1954)[1] is a former American football running back and current professional television and radio broadcaster.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

After graduating California Lutheran University, Bauer signed as a free agent in 1976 with the Dallas Cowboys only to be cut three weeks into training camp.[2]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

He was picked up in 1977 by the San Diego Chargers and went on to a distinguished playing and broadcasting career entirely in San Diego. Bauer was honored in November 2009 as one of the 50 Greatest Chargers[3] in team history as part of the Chargers' 50th Anniversary season celebration held at a large outdoor ceremony in downtown San Diego. Bauer also developed as a noted media spokesman during his career and went on to TV sportscasting as well as radio.

Bauer holds the NFL single season record for most special teams tackles with 52. As a short-yardage specialist and often referred to "Hank the Howitzer" for his explosive running, Bauer finished one season with 18 carries for a total of 28 yards, scoring 8 touchdowns and achieving 9 first downs. Bauer was forced to retire in 1983, after playing six games with a broken neck.[4]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from professional football he coached running backs and special teams for four years with the Chargers, then became a sports anchor for KFMB from 1987–2002. He worked from 1998 to 2015 as the color commentator for the Chargers radio broadcasts on FM105.3 and AM1360 in San Diego. Bauer was the sports anchor at KFMB-TV8 in San Diego from 1987 through 2003.


  1. ^ Pro-Football Reference Profile Accessed 7 September 2009
  2. ^ Henson, Steve (July 21, 1990). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: HANK BAUER : True Grit : Cal Lutheran Record Setter Attacks Broadcasting Career With Same Zeal He Displayed on the Football Field". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ San Diego Chargers#50 greatest Chargers
  4. ^ Scott, Gerald (November 13, 1985). "Perfectly Special: No Regard for His Body : Even a Broken Neck Couldn't Put Chargers' Hank Bauer on the Bench". Los Angeles Times.