We continue our effort to get you to better know some of the players who are expected to make an impact for the Eagles in this 2010 season today by taking a look at cornerback Joselio Hanson. Hanson placed a stranglehold on the nickel corner role two years ago which resulted in a contract extension last off-season and another year in the nickel in 2009, though he missed four games because of a league-mandated suspension. Hanson admits that the suspension through off his game a bit last year, but he's set his sights high for a rebound in 2010 and is hoping to grab hold of a starting job opposite Asante Samuel. Hanson will be competing with Ellis Hobbs, Macho Harris and Dimitri Patterson among others. It may seem like long odds, but Hanson has faced that prospect before.
1. Hanson originally joined the NFL following the 2004 draft as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 13 games for the 49ers that year and started three, but found himself out of the league in 2005. After a year playing in Europe, Hanson joined the Eagles for the 2006 training camp with a realistic mindset. "I came to camp with the Eagles after playing in Europe with the idea that I had no chance of making the team," Hanson remembers. "I was just planning on enjoying my last month of football and getting my resume ready for a job ... [that experience] makes me appreciate my time in the NFL that much more."
2. They say you can find talent anywhere in the NFL, and Hanson is one of many players on the Eagles roster who exemplifies that axiom. He's one 13 players on the Eagles roster who already has NFL playing experience and began his career as a rookie free agent. Four of those players, Quintin Mikell, Jamaal Jackson, Akeem Jordan and Nick Cole, were originally signed by the Eagles. The rest, including Pro-Bowlers Leonard Weaver and Jason Peters, as well as Hanson, defensive end Juqua Parker and running back Mike Bell began their careers elsewhere.
3. Joselio is the son of John and Yolanda and is one of five brothers - along with Johnny, Julio, Jacinto and Javier. Jacinto played running back at El Camino Junior College and Javier was a running back at the University of New Mexico, where he was actually a teammate of Joselio's current teammate Hank Baskett. Joselio says that Javier was the biggest influence on him growing up: "He was the star football player of the family," Hanson said. "He truly inspired me." Javier is still a good influence back in California, where he's now a federal agent in immigration and naturalization services.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:58 p.m., July 7