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Hannah kicks off Hall speaker series

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Pro Football and Patriots Hall of Famer John Hannah will be the first in a series of featured guest speakers at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

Hannah will be on hand for the special limited ticket event on February 12, 2009 at The Hall, located adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The event's guests will be invited into The Hall at 5:30 p.m. to tour the building. Hannah will arrive at 6:30 p.m., speak in the Raytheon Theater and engage in a question and answer session followed by an exclusive autograph signing period.

Hannah was the Patriots first pick in 1973 and spent his entire 13-season career in New England. He is widely regarded as the greatest offensive lineman of all time and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991, the first Patriot to be so honored. He was the first player named to the Patriots Hall of Fame the same year.

He is one of two Patriots named to the league's 75th Anniversary Team and was honored as the Patriots Player of the Century in fan voting back in 2000. Hannah was selected to nine Pro Bowls, was named All Pro 10 times and was the NFL Players Association's Offensive Lineman of the Year in four consecutive years from 1978-1981. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for an NFL record 3,165 rushing yards in 1978.

In his final season, 1985, the Patriots captured their first AFC Championship while averaging 4.1 yards per rush during the season. The Patriots then went 18 seasons without averaging 4 yards per rush as a team before finally repeating the 4.1 yards per carry average in 2004.

Admission to this unique access event is $25 and only 150 tickets will be sold. They can be purchased online at www.thehallatpatriotplace.com. Click on the "buy tickets" link under admission.

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