Dan Hampton, or “Danimal”, played defenisve tackle for Arkansas from 1975-78 totaling 239 tackles (126 unassisted), including 32 for loss of yards.
The Jacksonville native did not start playing football until his junior season of high school due to an injury he sustained in his elementary years.
Hampton was an All-State performer for the Red Devils (now Titans) and signed with Arkansas becoming a four-year letterwinner for the Hogs.
Hampton was apart of the biggest win in program history defeating the heavily-favored #2 Oklahoma Sooners 31-6 in the 1978 Orange Bowl.
Hampton was one of the best players in the country during his senior season in 1978 when he was named 1st-team AFCA All-American and the Southwest Conference’s Player of the Year totaling 98 tackles including 18 behind the line of scrimmage.
He was selected 4th overall by the Chicago Bears in 1979 and went on to have a very decorated career with honors including: 1st-Team All-Pro, 2nd-Team All-Pro (4x), Pro Bowl (4x), NFL All-Decade team of the 1980s, #11/100 greatest Bears of All-Time, Superbowl 20 champion, and Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002.
Hampton was also named to the University of Arkansas’ All-Century Team in 1994, Arkansas All-Decade Team for the 1970s, University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
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