Jason Hanson spent his entire 21-year sports career playing for the Detroit Lions. In April, the placekicker retired, holding the NFL record for the most games played with one team. Hanson scored the third greatest number of points in the NFL. In addition, Hanson is the only player who was with the Lions for the playoff runs in the ‘90s and the legendary winless campaign in 2008. He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in September 2011 for the fifth time in his career, after kicking a perfect eight of eight field goals. He is the Detroit Lions all-time leader in scoring, with 2,150 points and 495 field goals made. Moreover, he holds an array of additional team records for kicking and scoring. Hanson represented the NFC in the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999 and as an alternate in 1997 and again in 2008. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest active player in the NFL at age 42. The Detroit Lions plan to induct him into the Ring of Honor at Ford Field for his long tenure and dedication to the team. Hanson and his wife, Kathleen, have three children.
In his emotional retirement speech, Hanson said he made the decision "with a lot of prayer" and gave thanks to God, his wife and his kids among others. "I believe our marriage is stronger after 21 years, and that might be the best stat of all (detroitlions.com)."