The Detroit Lions have not had much success for a long time. But there have been some good players that have played for the Lions. One former player had a lot of success during his time in Detroit. That was former placekicker Jason Hanson.
Hanson spent 21 seasons playing for the Lions and became one of the top players who played for the organization.
Jason Hanson’s NFL career
The Lions drafted Hanson in the second round of the 1992 draft. When he came into the league in 1992, he made an immediate impact for the Lions. He made a total of 21 field goals out of 26 attempts and made two from 50-plus yards. Hanson had a strong leg and was very accurate. The Lions knew that Hanson would be a key player for many seasons.
At the end of his first season, Hanson won the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers NFL Rookie of the Year award. He is the only placekicker to win that specific award. The next season he was named a Sporting News First-Team All-Pro. Not too many placekickers had the kind of success that Hanson had. When the Lions need a field goal in crunch time, and when the game was close, the team knew they could depend on Hanson.
During the 1997 season, he was named to his first Pro Bowl team. He made a total of 26 field goals out of 29 attempts. His longest field goal was from 55-yards, which was the longest in his career. Hanson made his second Pro Bowl team in 1999 and was also named to the AP-Second Team All-Pro.
Jason Hanson continued to have success late in his career
A placekicker plays a vital role on a football team. In some situations, the kicker can either win or lose a game with just one kick. Hanson put his team in a good position to win games throughout his career. In 2008, Hanson won the Pro Football Weekly Golden Toe award. The award recognizes the top kicker in the league. At the age of 38, Hanson was still a dominant player in the NFL.
Hanson played until the age of 42 and became a fan favorite in Detroit throughout his career. In his final season in 2012, he scored the most points in his career with 134. He scored 100 points or more 12 times over 21 seasons. Hanson made a total of 495 field goals out of 601 attempts for an average of 82.4 percent. Overall, he scored a total of 2,150 points as a member of the Lions.
Jason Hanson was one of the best
Hanson kicked a total of 17 game-winning field goals throughout his career. When he announced his retirement in 2013, he was the oldest active player in the NFL. He still holds multiple records in the NFL to this day.
Hanson became the first player to score 2,000 points with one franchise and has played in the most games with one team at 327. He also has the most career points with one team with 2,150 points. When you look at Hanson’s numbers over his 21-year career, you can see that it had an impact from his first season on his final season in the NFL.