Jason Hanson Proves Detroit Lions Can Be Consistent in One Area at Least

August 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

He showed up 18 years ago from Washington State University with his right leg and not much else. He didn’t even have a name.
For his first few weeks in town, at Lions training camp, all we knew him as was “the kid who’s replacing Eddie Murray.”
Jason Something-or-Other.
HANSON, we were reminded by the Lions media liaisons.
Kickers in pro football have two kinds of lives, it seems: cameo, or Methuselah.
The 40-year-old kicker is far from an anomaly. If you can survive the first couple of years, you have a good shot at staying in the NFL for a couple of decades.
Morten Andersen, the pride of Michigan State, swatted footballs with his left foot with the reliability of the sunrise. He did it until he was 47 years old. He tried retiring a couple of times, but on each occasion he was asked back. On each occasion he said yes—because being a kicker in the NFL is a pretty good gig. It’s like having a desk job for the Ma...

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