This is a frame grab of the "Unplugged" commentary by WFAA's Dale Hansen about Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL and how the league was handling the situation prior to its draft. 

This is a frame grab of the "Unplugged" commentary by WFAA's Dale Hansen about Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay player in the NFL and how the league was handling the situation prior to its draft. 

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Folks have clicked from near and far to hear Dale Hansen speak on hot-button topics during his "Unplugged" segments on WFAA (Ch. 8).

But wait, there will be more: WFAA announced Monday that Hansen's contract was extended through 2018. There will be one change: Hansen, 69, will now only do the 10 p.m. weeknight newscast and appear on specials.

According to the Star-Telegram, Hansen said on air Monday that "I was going to retire, but then I realized I didn't want to spend more time with my family."

That's just some of the trademark wit that fans have come to expect from the longtime newsman, who started at WFAA in 1983. 

Hansen's latest viral speech surrounded NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem

"I have been told that I should run for president, that I'm one of the gifted orators of our times, or that I should be shot in the head and thrown in the Trinity River and die," Hansen said in an interview about the segment. "I have never written anything I don't believe."

Believe it or not, he will probably still have plenty to say.

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