Vic Hanson

Inducted in 1987

  • He was born July 30, 1903, in Sacramento, CA
  • Graduated Central High School, Syracuse, NY 1922
  • Led his high school football team to the New York State title, 1921
  • Graduated from Syracuse University in 1927
  • Recognized as Syracuse University’s greatest all around athlete
  • At Syracuse University, he was a nine time letterman, three-sport captain and a basketball All-American 1926 and 1927
  • His Syracuse University basketball 1925 -1926 team went 19-1 and was honored as national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation
  • All-American in basketball and football (1925 -1927)
  • Named National Player-of-the-Year, 1927 by the Helms Athletic Foundation
  • In his senior year, tallied 280 points, a single-season Syracuse record that remained until 1946
  • Selected to the All-American Team by Grantland Rice, 1952
  • Named New York State's greatest amateur of all time by the Helms Foundation
  • Played second base in baseball and was later signed by the New York Yankees, for whom he played for two years
  • Hanson played basketball professionally with the Cleveland Rosenblums and then returned to Syracuse to form his own team, "The All-Americans of Syracuse."
  • Served as head football coach at Syracuse from 1930 to 1936. His record was 33 wins, 21 loses and 5 ties.
  • Inducted the College Football Hall of Fame, 1973
  • Inducted in the National Basketball Hall of Fame, 1960
  • Only player in history to be enshrined in both the Football Hall of Fame (1973) and Basketball Hall of Fame (1960)
  • Named to the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, 1952
  • His #8 basketball jersey was retired by Syracuse University in 1981
  • 2000: Honored by Syracuse University as a member of the All-Century Basketball Team
  • Called by Grantland Rice, "the best all-around athlete Syracuse ever had," Victor Hanson was a three sport star for the Orangemen. In addition to being an All-America end, Hanson was an All-America in basketball and good enough in baseball to be signed by the New York Yankees. Hanson began his collegiate career in 1924 as the only sophomore on the varsity. A teammate on that 1924 team was future Hall of Fame coach Lynn Waldorf. During three varsity seasons Syracuse posted a 23-5-3 record. Hanson, playing end, called the plays for the offense. He captained the football, basketball and baseball teams. After graduation he played one year in baseball's minor leagues. He returned to Syracuse as an assistant coach in 1928 and 1929. In 1930, at the age of 27, Hanson was named head football coach. In seven seasons he posted a 33-21-5 record. He later became a prominent insurance counselor.
  • Died: April 10, 1982.

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