About TOM HANSON
Hanson started at the Daily News back in 2003 as a sports writer and has gone from sports columnist to news columnist to the Bonita Content editor to heading the Breaking News/Deadline team and now back to his true love, as the managing sports editor.
He was named APSE Top 10 sports columnist in 2004. He also won second-place column writing from Golf Writers of America for a piece on Jack Nicklaus' last Masters and the death of his grandson. In 2013, he won APSE Top 3 feature story with an enterprise pieceon Immokalee native and former Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James and what he's doing after retiring from the NFL.
Before coming to the Daily News, he caddied on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. He penned a weekly column for CNN/SI. His greatest thrill in life came on the golf course, caddying for Lauri Merten when she won the 1993 U.S. Open.
During his years at the Daily News, Hanson has been honored with numerous Florida Press Club awards for coverage ranging from a 30-year-old attending high school to the Immokalee Indians football team going undefeated and not being eligible for the state playoffs to a man with mob connections coaching Little League before heading to prison.
Yet, he's even prouder of his staff's award-winning coverage from a Fort Myers police officer being shot and killed to a deadly bus stop stabbing.
Tom Hanson: At 500-1 odds, Dunk City still a Sin City favorite
Published 11/08/2013 at 12:43 a.m.
The Mirage has taken 14 bets on FGCU to win the NCAA tournament. Stonebrook said there were 13 bets for $10 and one for $5.
Tom Hanson: Shula likes what he sees from Dolphins
Updated 11/03/2013 at 11:14 p.m.
Shula, the architect of the NFL’s only perfect season, was the most sought-after autograph and photo during Sunday night’s cocktail party and dinner.
Tom Hanson: Immokalee mourns loss of champion, honors JJJ with district win
Updated 11/02/2013 at 12:30 a.m.
Ruiz’s dream of becoming a state champion ended Thursday night when he and two of his friends died in a horrific car crash in Immokalee. Ruiz was 17.
Tom Hanson: This season brings good news for Bears football program
Published 10/31/2013 at 4:33 a.m.
Palmetto Ridge football coach Ryan Mitchell smiled after losing 73-0. He was reminded that the Bears, with a 5-3 record, are the biggest and most pleasant surprise of the 2013 prep football season.
Tom Hanson: After 73-0 loss, coach still wants no mercy
Published 10/26/2013 at 2:07 a.m.
No one called the police or filed a complaint with the Collier County School District against the Naples High football team or its coach Bill Kramer after Friday night’s lopsided 73-0 win over Palmetto Ridge. No one called them bullies.
Tom Hanson: Dallas Crawford cherishes pep talk from Portis before game-winner
Published 10/21/2013 at 7:47 p.m.
Dallas Crawford proved former Miami Hurricanes great Clinton Portis is a soothsayer.
Tom Hanson: What side of the ball Tyler Byrd lands still up for debate
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:18 p.m.
I’m still marveling over the epic battle between Immokalee wide receiver J.C. Jackson and Naples defensive back Tyler Byrd in Friday’s classic game at Immokalee. Let’s not take anything away from Byrd since Jackson went off for 231 yards, three ...
Tom Hanson: Immokalee's J.C. Jackson has superhero effort to knock off Naples
Published 10/11/2013 at 11:36 p.m.
J.C. Jackson proved big-time players show up for big-time games.
Tom Hanson: FHSAA should be ejected for personally fouling D'Ernest Johnson
Published 10/03/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
After its actions this week, blindly suspending an Immokalee football player for six games without a hearing or review, the Florida High School Athletic Association should suspend operations.
Tom Hanson: Kramer, Naples learning from Friday's double-overtime loss to Centerville
Published 09/28/2013 at 4:59 p.m.
Losing isn’t fun, but Naples High football coach Bill Kramer knows it can be educational and motivating.
Prep volleyball: Gulf Coast Sharks shock Green Wave in regional semifinals
Published 11/05/2013 at 11:05 p.m.
Gulf Coast volleyball coach Christy Wright told her squad to forget about the season’s previous three matches, all losses, against Fort Myers High School.
NFL: Former greats give tougher rules mixed reviews
Published 11/04/2013 at 11:50 p.m.
The former players had mixed reviews about the state of the NFL, and many said the penalties for excessive hits have caused the game to lose some of its toughness.
Prep cross country: Immokalee advances to states with heavy hearts
Published 11/02/2013 at 2:44 p.m.
A pair from Immokalee High won the boys and girls Class 2A Region 3 individual cross country titles Saturday in Holiday at Anclote High School.
Above the bar: 70-year-old fitness buff attempts Guinness World Record for chin-ups
Published 10/24/2013 at 9:50 a.m.
After battling back from open heart surgery 13 years ago and beating cancer seven years ago, Chuck Togias has been about keeping his chin above the bar.
Men's basketball: Dunk City's Eric McKnight suspended six games
Updated 10/21/2013 at 3:02 p.m.
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team will be without one their starters for the first six games of the season.
Prep football: Minus D'Ernest, Indians roll past Titans
Published 10/04/2013 at 11:32 p.m.
Immokalee quarterback Louinelson Celian stayed focus despite numerous distractions. With star running back D’Ernest Johnson serving a one-game suspension and Naples next on its schedule, Celian and Immokalee rolled to a 67-7 win Friday over district-foe Golden Gate.
Prep football: Immokalee's Dombroski says D'Ernest Johnson didn't throw punch, didn't deserve ejection
Published 09/28/2013 at 5:24 p.m.
Immokalee High School star running back D’Ernest Johnson didn’t throw a punch during Friday night’s game against Gulf Coast, the Indians’ head coach said, and the team will appeal any possible punishment.
NFL: Former Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt happy as special teams coordinator in Tampa
Published 09/08/2013 at midnight
TAMPA — These days Dave Wannstedt’s trademark mustache is peppered with a little more gray.
Prep football: 2 Immokalee starters, including standout J.C. Jackson, suspended for tonight's game
Published 09/06/2013 at 1:52 a.m.
Jackson, a University of Florida commit, has been suspended for two games. The highly recruited cornerback/wide receiver, who is ranked as the 24th-best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com, will also sit out next week’s game against First Baptist due ...
Tom Hanson: Immokalee Hall of Famer Walner Belleus has some advice for Indians' stars
Published 09/04/2013 at 6:29 p.m.
Last Friday, I found Belleus. Well, I should say Immokalee High School found Belleus.
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