Phil Hansen, former Buffalo Bills Defensive End "GiveBack starts with an individual and a simple thought about helping others..." Phil Hansen
Phil Hansen Was Back for the 2010 Cando Connection Golf Tournament
We are proud to announce that Phil Hansen, former Buffalo Bills defensive end and Oakes, ND native, graciously agreed to golf in our 2010 Tournament. Phil was back to get a report on how the Impact-Cando Connection Fund Campaign was progressing, and to catch up with those people he had an opportunity to meet during our 2008 inaugural tournament in Fargo. We had kept Phil up-to-date on last year's outstanding turnout for our Cando Connection Golf Tournament, held during Cando's 125th Birthday Celebration, and also the impact that the awarded grants had in our hometown area.
On July 19, 2007, Phil was presented with the first Impact Foundation "GiveBack Champion Award" in recognition of his generous GiveBack of time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of others, and as an inspiration for all of us to follow in his footsteps. We are honored that Phil once again GaveBack to Cando by participating in our event.
"Basic things will always get you through - hard work, determination, and truth. Put in an honest day's work, and you will get an honest day's pay." Phil Hansen
More About Phil Hansen
Phil Hansen is a native of Oakes, North Dakota. He was raised on his family’s 4,000 acre farm, played football for his high school team, and was named a two-time all-conference selection. He earned a bachelor’s degree from NDSU in agricultural economics in 1991. At NDSU, Phil helped bring home three national championships in 1986, 1988, and 1990. He was named twice as a first-team All-American. In 1991, Phil was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd Round. He competed in 11 seasons as a defensive end with the Buffalo Bills, ranks 2nd in the Bill’s All-Time Sack Leaders stats with 61.5 sacks, and served as a captain for 5 years. He started in 148 out of 156 regular games, and played in three Super Bowls.
Phil Hansen, Color Analyst, NDSU Bison Football and Former Host of the Craig Bohl Football Show
In January 2002, Phil retired from professional football, and moved back to the Detroit Lakes, MN area. He and his wife, Dianna, are the parents of three children – Hope, Jillian, and Ross. Phil and Dianna Hansen share their time, talent, and treasure with a number of nonprofit charities in North Dakota and Minnesota. They are both members of Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF), have established the Phil and Dianna Hansen Family Fund and The Charitable Champions Fund at DMF, and generously support many of the health-related nonprofit partners of the Foundation. Since his return to this area, Phil has been recognized with a number of honors, including being named to the North Dakota Hall of Fame in 2002, the Division 2 Football Hall of Fame in 2004, the NDSU Hall of Fame in 2005, and the Oakes North Dakota Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to owning and operating his own landscaping business, Phil works as a color analyst for the NDSU Bison football team, and formerly hosted the Craig Bohl Football Show.
Phil enjoyed hosting annual sportsmanship and fitness camps.
Phil Hansen continues to live a GiveBack life – he leads by example through word and deed.In 2001, he received the NDSU Horizon Award for outstanding career accomplishments and community service within ten years of graduation, and in 2006 was presented with the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award recognizing former Buffalo Bills players for their community service. He shared his time and talent each summer by leading NFL-sponsored sportsmanship and fitness camps for youth ages 5-13 in Fargo, Detroit Lakes, and Wahpeton. Phil gives motivational speeches for youth and adult sports groups, church groups, and area businesses.The values that guide his life provide the themes of his speaking engagements – sportsmanship, fitness, concern for others, hard work, and positive attitude.