Jason Hanson: Detroit Lions Kicker Ends Hall of Fame Worthy Career
For the last 21 seasons, the Detroit Lions have counted on kicker Jason Hanson to keep them in games. That consistency from a kicker came to an end with the official retirement announcement from Hanson. Unfortunately for Hanson, he will likely miss out on a deserved spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
With Hanson’s retirement comes the debate of whether he will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Despite numerous team and NFL records, Hanson will likely not receive the prestigious award he deserves.
The fact remains that the Pro Football Hall of Fame does not like kickers. Morten Andersen was the latest kicker to not make the final list for nominees after a stellar career. Jan Stenerud remains the only kicker to ever get elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Stenerud played 19 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Stenerud completed 67% of his field goals and was a seven time All-Pro.
Hanson finished his career with 2150 points, placing him third on the all time list (behind Andersen and Gary Anderson). Hanson connected on 82.4% of his 601 field goal attempts. Hanson also finished with more 50 yard field goals made in a career. During his three decade career, Hanson was one of the best kickers and certainly should be among the finalists for a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Bill Belichick summed it up best in November 2012 when he said, “It’s hard for me to believe that, as great as the game is, there are no punters and one kicker in the Hall of Fame.” Hopefully Bill’s quote started a movement to get deserving kickers like Anderson, Andersen and Hanson into the Hall of Fame. Hard to believe that the three leading scorers are not recognized by the league.
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