Hank Bauer (American football)
|Date of birth:||July 15, 1954|
|Place of birth:||Scottsbluff, Nebraska|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Magnolia (CA)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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San Diego Chargers
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 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 sportcasting 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.
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. Radio color analyst for Chargers Football 17 years.
Currently a radio color analyst for National NFL games on SportsUSA Network. From 1998 to 2015 was the color commentator for the Chargers radio broadcasts on FM105.3 and AM1360 in San Diego. Bauer appeared in the NFL Films production, Americas Game: Missing Rings with Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow with several observations about their 1981–1982 season. Bauer was the sports anchor at KFMB-TV8 in San Diego from 1987 through March, 2003.
Bauer appeared and provided commentary in the NFL Films production, The San Diego Chargers: The Complete History released on DVD in September, 2009 commemorating their 50th anniversary.
The highlight of his career included two USO tours on behalf of the NFL. In 1979 he joined Joe Klecko, Jon Kolb, and Matt Blair visiting troops in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Hawaii. In 1980 he became one of only 19 players to make more than one USO Tour, visiting troops in Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Germany.
- Pro-Football Reference Profile Accessed 7 September 2009
- 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.
- San Diego Chargers#50 greatest Chargers
- 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.