Dan Hampton, otherwise known as "Danimal," is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the National Football League. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Hampton played college football at Arkansas and was drafted in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Bears. As a senior, Hampton was an All-American as he logged 98 tackles with 18 coming behind the line of scrimmage.
In 1991, he was elected to the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor and the following year he was voted to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. In 1994, Hampton was voted to the All-Century team of the University of Arkansas.
Hampton was selected to four Pro Bowls and led the famous Bears’ defense in their Super Bowl XX win against the New England Patriots in 1985. In all, Hampton was 1st or 2nd team All-Pro in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1988.
Dan Hampton retired from the Chicago Bears after the 1990 season. In 1990, Hampton was the recipient of the George S. Halas Courage Award by the Pro Football Writers Association.
Hampton is a co-host for the syndicated Pro Football Weekly television show. He was also a color commentator for NFL games on NBC in the early 1990s, and called XFL games for the network in 200.
Hampton is a part of a Miller Lite and Gridiron Greats promotion to raise funds for retired NFL players in need. He also participates in "One for the Kids" Annual golf tournament that raises funds for various charities that support children in the Chicago area.
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Dan Hampton, otherwise known as "Danimal," is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the National Football League. He was ...