A four-time Pro Bowler who played White Lightning to Tim McDonald’s Black Thunder– errr something like that–Merton Hanks won Niners fans’ hearts with his flashy interceptions, clutch play and of course, “the Funky Chicken Dance.” The heart and soul of the 1994 defense that won the Super Bowl, he anchored one of the best secondaries in recent history, joining McDonald, Eric Davis and Deion Sanders in terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. He led that team in interceptions, with seven. It takes someone special to out-flash Deion Sanders, but for that one year, “the Funky Chicken Dance” was the greatest thing in the world.
Hanks topped off his career with a not-so-illustrious stint in Seattle, eventually retiring in 2001. According to Wikipedia, he now works for the NFL as a senior manager and goes on speaking tours. We can’t help but wonder if he does that neck thing at the end of his speeches.
Merton Hanks [wikipedia]