Hank Bauer, a record shattering running back from tiny D-3 Cal Lutheran, was picked up in 1977 by the San Diego Charger and went on to become, perhaps, the greatest special teams player in NFL history
Bauer holds the NFL single-season record for most special-teams tackles with 52, a record which will never be broken (28 tackles is second).
As a short-yardage specialist and often referred to “Hank the Howitzer” for his explosive running style, 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 in San Diego from 1987 to 2002. He worked from 1998 to 2014 as the color commentator for the Chargers radio broadcast.
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. This will be his 47th season associated with the NFL.
Join Mick and Mook on September 14 and meet this NFL legend.