Jason Hanson Retires After 21 Seasons With Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson retires and ends the longest tenure of any NFL player with one team (327 games). Tim Twentyman from DetroitLions.com reported the story last week. Jason Hanson was a constant in Detroit and the fans won’t take his loyalty and consistency lightly.
The Detroit Lions fans are a rare breed in the NFL. Supporting of a team that has been less than decent by any NFL standard, yet still optimistic. Jason Hanson had nearly no decline in his productivity over the 21 years in the Motor City. He finished top three in the following NFL statistics:
- 3rd In NFL History: 495 Field Goals
- 3rd In NFL History: 2,150 Points
- 1st NFL History: 327 Games With The Same Team
[quote_right]“Each time I’d start to push it, I’d kind of short-circuit. I realized that at this point of my career, I don’t want to perform in a compromised way. It’s not good for the team. I lost a little of my desire to play injured.”[/quote_right]
Jason Hanson retires the same way he played, with class. Admitting he lost some desire to play injured at this point in his career. Hanson stayed with the Lions in spite of the franchise’s struggle to build a team with perennial top five draft picks.
This resulted in one thing for Hanson, not getting an opportunity to make “the big kick”. We can only guess how Hanson would have done with the Super Bowl on the line. My guess is, pretty well. Jason Hanson retired without ever having the biggest leg but, he does go out with a respectable 88.9% field goal percentage in his final season.
Now the Lions are poised to be a competitive NFL team. In spite of the poor 2012-2013 season Detroit is loaded with talent. Just like the days of Barry Sanders, Jason Hanson will not be around when and if Detroit becomes the team that fans believe they could be. There is little chance Hanson will find a place in the NFL Hall of Fame but, Lions fans won’t soon forget him.
Jason Hanson retires as one of the Detroit Lions most consistent players in franchise history. They will undoubtedly fill the position, but not the man.