2019 GDFL Player of the Year returns to Erie

by Erie Express Media

The Erie Express are pleased to announce the return of All-Pro QB-Brandon Hanna (Hiram College) for the 2021 season. Brandon begins his third season with the Express and returns as our starting quarterback. 

In 2019 Hanna finished the season with 2,249 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, 18 2pt conversion passes, rushed for 448 yards with 25 touchdowns for a season total of 2,697 yards of total offense and 57 touchdowns. In 7 games Brandon finished the GDFL regular season ranked second in passing yards per game with 187.6, Passing Yards with 1313 yards and passing touchdowns 22. Brandon led the GDFL regular season in rushing touchdowns with 10 and finished third in the league in rushing with 309 yards. In our two playoff games Brandon led the GDFL in passing yards (452) passing yards per game (226) passing TDs (7), 5th in rushing yards (75), 5th in rushing yards per game (37.5), and was second in rushing touchdowns with (2). For his efforts Hanna was not only named GDFL All-Pro for the 2019 season he also earned the Player of the Year honor as well. 

Hanna surpasses Chance Anzivine as the Express All Time Passing Leader with 4,033 yards and 53 touchdowns. Brandon has played seven seasons and has been named All-Pro in each of them. 

Prior to joining the Express Hanna has been the starting QB for the Columbus Fire, Ohio Golden Knights and the Ohio Raiders. In 2015 Brandon led the Columbus fire to the PAFL Stripes Division Championship Game and a national championship bowl game victory in Florida (2016). In the National Championship game Brandon was named the games MVP. 

Brandon dedicates his free time to mentoring youth in his community and is an active member of his church. A true leader on and off the field. 

"The numbers never lie. Brandon has proven though actions not words that he is the top QB in the nation. He leads by example, never asks from his teammates what he himself is not willing to do. Off the field he leads in studying of film and plays. He is also involved working with youth on a daily basis so even away from football he is a leader. Aside from his full time job, Brandon also holds down the duties of Head Coach for football, girls tennis and basketball. His plate is beyond full and on his free days he chooses to put on an Express uniform and rock with us. We are truly blessed to have him with us for what he brings on and off the field and are expecting yet another tremendous season from him in 2021"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.

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