Family tradition sets apart ER football chain gang

October 27, 2017 05:39 PM

Every high school football team has their game day staples. It's something that's always there and is just as much a part of game day as the players and coaches. Some schools have a signature food or an iconic cheer. At East Rochester, it's their chain gang.

"Oh, I've been doing this for 48 years," says Jim Lanning, ER/Gananda chain gang. "I started on the clip, then I moved up to the chains, and now I have the box."

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Chuck and Jim Lanning are brothers, who have been manning the chains at Bombers games for decades. "Well, when my dad used to do this many years ago, he would need a fill-in every now and then, so I started helping out," says Chuck Lanning. "Then when my brother took over for my dad, I started doing it full-time with my brother."

Jim adds, "My father did it for 50 years, then I've been doing it like I said for 48. My brother I think is 30-something. I even have my sister here, my nephew helps out. We all get involved."

And just like the Bombers logo, Jim and Chuck have become synonymous with East Rochester football. Chuck tells us, "The program they have for the football team, it says my brother's name, Jim Lanning, and the Greatest Chain Gang in the Land so it's cool. My brother played football for East Rochester High School, so did I, and it's great to give back to the team."

Even after all those years, these two have no plans to hang up the chains any time soon. "I just had a hip replaced and I'm back, so I'm going to plan to do this as long as I can."


Breland Moore

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