Today will be quite sad for Detroit Lions‘ fans. 21 year veteran kicker, Jason Hanson, retired from the National Fottball League today. Now normally, kicker is not a top headline when it comes to football, but Hanson was the best kicker to put on a pair of kicking cleats for the Lions. He held down the job for over two decades since coming into the league in 1992.
When we break down Hanson’s 21 year career, he made 82% of his field goals in the regular season. Hanson made a career of 495 field goals in 327 games. Hanson’s longest field goal that he converted was in 1995, 56 yards, but that was not his best season.
His best season would come in 2003. Hanson made 95.7% of his field goals. Converting 22 of 23 field goal attemts. Why is Hanson such a big deal? Well he stuck with a team that never had any postseason success, and with his stats, Hanson definitely could have landed in a spot that had better shots at making it to the playoffs. Jason Hanson goes down as one of the best kickers in NFL history.