Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - After 21 remarkable seasons with the Detroit
Lions, kicker Jason Hanson has decided to call it a career.
Hanson walks away from a career that made him one of the greatest kickers in
NFL history and an icon in franchise history.
The 42-year-old made 32-of-36 field goal attempts last season. However, a heel
injury that surfaced last season and continued to bother him this offseason
was a big part of his decision to call it quits.
"It was time to make a decision," Hanson told the team's website. "It was the
right time to step away.
"Ultimately, it's my heel -- the problem I developed last year. Now that we're
starting a new year, it's still an issue. I have the desire. I have the
determination, as I said earlier, to come back.
"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."
Hanson, a second-round pick in 1992, played in 327 games with the Lions, which
is the most by any player with one team. The Washington State product is the
NFL-record holder with 52 field goals of 50-plus yards and is third all-time
with 2,150 points and 495 field goals.
The Lions and Hanson were unable to reach an agreement on a contract for the
"I would have worked out a contract with the Detroit Lions," Hanson said.
"There was talk, and at the start, with their initial offer, it gave me some
time to evaluate -- 'OK, am I going to do this?' Ultimately, no.
"It would not have been an issue. There are no hard feelings. It never got to
a point where there was serious back and forth with numbers. It didn't
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