After 21 years (all amazingly with the Lions), Jason Hanson is finally hanging it up. It was a heck of a run. If there was one (positive) thing us Lions fans could count on over the years, it was him. What incredible loyalty to go along with pure class and talent. The NFL will miss him.
OT - Jason Hanson calls it quits after 21 seasons
As a mid-20 something Lions fan, Jason Hanson was the last little bit left of the Lions of my childhood. It's a shame the Lions never got him to the Superbowl, and it's going to be weird watching someone else kick field goals next season.
I'm right there with ya. Being in my late 20's, I honestly don't remember watching Lions football without Jason Hanson being on the team. It'll definitely be a little surreal watching them this year.
Maybe we go after Maher in the draft. We need a punter and kicker, and he could possibly fill one or the other (I feel so dirty and guilty talking about someone else so soon).
same thing 21 years ago when they cut Steady Eddie Murray. The Lions then drafted a no-name rooking who was not tested. I was so pissed. How could they release an old tried and true veteran like Murray for a young punk named Hanson?
He's the all-time leading point scorer for the Lions. I'm pretty sure he's top 5 NFL all-time.
We should retire his jersey. He deserves it.
EDIT: He's #3 all-time in points scored.
I am Cowboys fan but this sux. He was the most consistant player in Lions franchise history. May they hang his number in the rafters!
Many players were just as consistent. While Jason was consistently good, others were consistently awful.
Also, I hate being a Lions fan.
The best Lion of the 2000s.
Thanks for the many years of service, Mr. Hanson.
No! One more year Legatron!
It's too bad the Lions played hardball with him. I'm not sure I totally believe the heel explanation - why would he have said "I'm coming back" a month or two ago otherwise? I consider it another strike on the organization.
It's funny - I've seen uncountable numbers of players, coaches, and managers come and go since I started following Detroit sports, and yet only two Lions kickers. Not seeing Jason Hanson doing the kicking will feel very wrong. 21 years is an incredible run, and being as he spent it all in Detroit he's not going to get his due as one of the greatest kickers of all time.
One of my favorite Lions was our kicker!
/realizes what he just said
I don't care. You'll be missed Jason.
One of the greatest Lions in team history. He will definitely be missed.
He's been the Lions kicker for longer than I've been alive. It'll be so strange seeing someone else kick for them.
for anyone supporting Jason Hanson.
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As a Lion for his entire, long career, he was loyal and productive during some of the worst teams in NFL history. May he enjoy a well-earned retirement.
Time for the Lions to draft another kicker for the long haul. We've had only 2 for the last 33 years (Eddie Murray, Hanson).
We went to the same high school an his brother was my homeroom teacher my sophomore year. I used to watch him practice during the summers at a local college. Classy guy all the way around and always made time for people. It's cliche but true: he was one if the good guys in sports.
No shit, you went to Mead? Me too, though it was a pretty damn long time after he left
- 1992 Pro Football Writers' Association Offensive Rookie Of The Year
- Twice a Pro Bowl selection in 1997 and 1999
- Three times, an All-Pro selection in 1993, 1997 and 1999
- Pro Football Writers' Association Golden Toe Award in 2008
- Ed Block Courage Award in 2010
Hanson also retires holding multiple NFL records, including these:
- Most FGs more than 40 yards (189)
- Most FGs more than 50 yards (51)
- Most career games with one team (237)
- Second player in the NFL to score 200 or more points against three teams (Packers, Bears and Vikings).
Good luck in your post-football life, Jason Hanson. You will be missed on the field.
but there are plenty of great people who are Lions fans so he was certainly one of the few Lions of the past two decades who was consistently appreciated, and he deserved that appreciation and then some.
Damn, he has been killing it in my fantasy league for the last few seasons
Hanson has been a rock. It'll be weird to see Detroit without him. May he have a pleasant retirement.
I'm a Lions fan. But I've always had this idea that a lawyer could get a lot of money by gathering a bunch ex-Lions players together and filing a class action lawsuit against the Lions for ruining their careers...or at least for money they lost from endorsements, etc because they played for Detroit!!
If anyone runs with this idea and gets rich...give me a cut?
At any rate, incredible loyalty Jason for sticking with us.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! Why Hanson, why?
There has been something comforting, for so many years (as I've watched the turmoil that always seems to be present with the Lions), to see Jason Hanson trotting out on to the field, whether to kick off, for PAT's, or for field goals. He was just....always there. Always dependable. Always that weapon that, while we didn't want to "settle for", we knew we could always chalk up 3 points when the Lions couldn't punch it into the end zone. Because we could count on Jason to do that for us. Never flamboyant, never a distraction to the rest of his team, but always there. How many teammates did he outlast? How many coaches and Head Coaches did he outlast? How many GM's did he outlast? The only thing he didn't outlast was the Ford Family itself (which, in itself, seems to be a shame).
We'll miss you, Jason, next fall when the Honolulu Blue and Silver take the field. Thank you for being that rock of stability, while you kicked that oblong "rock" so well for so long. Thanks, Jason!
Amazing to think that he was in the NFL when the Fab Five were playing here. What longevity.
the Lions have had two kickers, Eddie Murray and Jason Hanson.
Jason missed kicking for Washington State in Michigan Stadium by one year at the front and two years at the back of his time in Pullman.
the lions next kicker will be their 3rd since 1980. how crazy is that. something like this will never happen again.
Good decision. Lions suck.
It's amazing that Hanson has been the Lions kicker longer than I've been alive. Next season will be weird.
I still have clear memories of the Lions kickers in the 60s, Jim Martin and Wayne Walker.
I'm a fossil.
Class guy all the way. Maybe he deserved better than to play with the Lions all these years, but I'd bet he'd say he enjoyed it and felt lucky to be with a single team that long.
The last player from Tecmo Bowl. I'm old.
Seriously, my favorite Lion. Sad day.
Before Hanson, they had Eddie Murray for about 11 years. For a team that has been the worst franchise in the NFL ever since WCF took over in 1959, or at least since he bought the team in 1964, the Lions have certainly gotten it right when drafting kickers.
Yes or No?
Fun fact no kickers or punters are in the Hall of Fame. Not even Ray Guy/LouGroza. Bullshit.......
I remember when the Lions got Hanson some idiot column writer tried to say that Hanson would last less than 3 years in the NFL because of the way his hips swing when he kicks the ball. He said that it would result in injuries too often and that Hanson would have to stop playing football. 21 years later Hanson retires as one of the greatest Lions ever. You will be missed, Jason!