GDFL Player of the Year,Brandon Hanna!

by GDFL Media

Memphis,Tn-Congratulations to Erie Express QB-Brandon Hanna (Hiram College) on being named GDFL Player of the Year for the 2021 season. This is Brandon's second consecutive time receiving this award. (2019 no season in 2020 due to covid)

For the season Brandon accounted for 1840 yards of total offense in 9 games. Hanna was 122 of 219 for 1725 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 2pt conversions. Brandon added another 115 yards on 40 carries with 4 TD's and 5 2pt conversions. 

Hanna led the Express to a thrilling 42-40 victory over the Inglewood Blackhawks in the GDFL National Championship Game and was named the games MVP.

In January Hanna once again led the Express to a Bowl Game National Championship in with a 25-24 victory over the Iredell County Warriors out of North Carolina. This was the Express's second National Championship but first in a bowl game.

Brandon holds Express records for career passing yards (5,859), passing touchdowns (82), Passing TD's in a game (9), Passing yards in a game (368) rushing touchdowns (32), pass attempts (725), pass completions (383) and total offense (6,481). Brandon has earned All-Pro status in each of his 7 seasons.

"Brandon is the leader every team wants and we are blessed to have. He demands from his teammates no less than what he himself is willing to give, and that is 100%. He is a proven winner year in and year out and has led several teams to championships. There is not a team in the league that would not want Brandon leading their offense onto the field. This is a tremendous award and one he most certainly deserves."-Director of Operations Paul Pennington.

Brandon was sponsored by Rebright Exterior Cleaning for the 2021 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 our teams success! GO EXPRESS!


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The GDFL Communications Office contributed to this article.