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Jason Hanson Retires

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THIS IS NOW: Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) is congratulated by holder Ryan Donahue (L) after he kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in their NFC, NFL football game in Minneapolis, September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Miller
THIS IS NOW: Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) is congratulated by holder Ryan Donahue (L) after he kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in their NFC, NFL football game in Minneapolis, September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Miller

After 21 remarkable seasons with the Lions,kicker Jason Hanson has decided to retire, walking 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. 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.

 

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