Lars Hanson grew up a Denver Broncos fan in the Southern California desert community of Bermuda Dunes.
Now the former Sacramento State offensive tackle will get a chance to play for his favorite team after signing with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent.
“I was raised a Denver Broncos fan. … Now I’m going to strap up for the world champs,” Hanson tweeted Saturday.
The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Hanson became a Broncos fan partly because his favorite player was All-Pro wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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“I loved the way that he played,” Hanson said of the former NFL and Stanford standout.
Hanson had visions of being a wide receiver until he began growing tall and wide at Palm Desert High School, where he also played basketball and swam.
Hanson was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2015. He started the final 39 games of his Hornets career.
Hanson said he never wavered in his belief he has NFL talent.
“I’m really confident I can play football at the next level,” he said as he prepared to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson in January. “That’s been my dream, my goal, since I was a kid.”
Hanson already is familiar with the Denver area. He worked out in Denver with renowned trainer Loren Landow as he prepared for the all-star game and NFL draft
Sac State has other connections to the defending Super Bowl champions: Former Hornet Todd Davis plays linebacker for the Broncos; former Sac State quarterback and assistant coach Greg Knapp is the quarterbacks coach; and ex-lineman Clancy Barone is the offensive line coach.
Hanson also will join Devontae Booker in Denver. The former Grant High School, American River College and Utah running back was drafted in the fourth round Saturday.