Brandon Hanna, GDFL Player of the Year


Erie,PA-Congratulations to QB-Brandon Hanna (Hiram College) on being named GDFL Player of the Year for the 2019 season. For the season Hanna finished 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).

"We are so very proud to have Brandon on our team and for him to be recognized as the top player in the country. His work ethic is top shelf and his desire to win only makes those around him better. Every practice and game he comes to work so the guys who work with him had better be equally ready and Hanna makes sure they are. To see him receive an award as high as this, and to know how hard he works for his coaches and teammates, it's an amazing feeling and we are extremely proud for him"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.

Hanna surpasses Chance Anzivine as the Express All Time Passing Leader with 4,033 yards and 53 touchdowns. Brandon has earned All-Pro status in each of his 7 seasons.

Brandon was sponsored by Erie Bank Sports Park for the 2019 season. We wish to thank them for their support of not only Brandon but also the Erie Express.

Again Congratulations Brandon, we are all very proud of you and the impact your efforts had on the Erie Express and the Gridiron Developmental Football League! 



The Gridiron Developmental Football League is a Professional Developmental Football League based in Memphis, Tennessee. This League was established to provide the community with high quality sports entertainment and to provide athletes the opportunity to participate in professional sports. We are looking at partnering with national and local area businesses in our pursuit of excellence and commitment to our community. Our commitment, dedication, and vision are set on building a firm foundation for professionalism and quality. The Gridiron Developmental Football League continues to strive to provide a quality minor professional level of football throughout the United States and beyond giving area athletes and fans the opportunity be a part of history. Our organization would like to thank you for your support. We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to “Making AN IMPACT” in our Community.

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The GDFL Communications Office contributed to this article.