Jason Hanson Retires
Jason Hanson, the longtime Lions kicker who is the NFL?s longest-serving active player and the player who has played in more games for one team than any other player in NFL history, has decided to call it a career.
?It was time to make a decision,? Hanson said. ?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 owns the NFL records for most career 50-yard field goals (51) and most games played with one team (327). He?ll go down in history as one of the best kickers ever to play the game.
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