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Jason Hanson retires

Postby stomperrob » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:58 am

Lions' Jason Hanson retires after 21 years: 'It's time'
7:51 PM, April 4, 2013
By Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer


After almost every practice for at least the last 10 years, Jason Hanson would retreat to his locker, grab a spiral notebook and jot down a few thoughts from his day’s work.

A technique he was trying to perfect. The tiniest tweak to his toe placement. Some other bit of minutia that no one else would understand.

Good or bad, there was always something worth remembering. Then, days, weeks or even years later, whenever the most accomplished kicker in Lions history needed a refresher, he’d flip through his notes and find exactly what he was looking for.

“He would go back years,” said former Lions punter Nick Harris, Hanson’s holder and close friend for most of the last decade. “If he was struggling in a certain technique or with his kick, if something wasn’t right he would go back and look at these notes that he had made and he would know how to fix it, whatever was going wrong.

“There was just stuff that he did that no one else even thought of to do just to be better. It was just a real honor to play with him.”

Hanson, the NFL’s longest-tenured player, announced his retirement today after 21 seasons with the Lions.

In a statement released by the team – he’ll have a press conference Tuesday, after he and his family return from spring break – Hanson said the time was appropriate two months shy of his 43rd birthday.

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Lions get kicker David Akers to replace retired Jason Hanson
9:34 PM, April 5, 2013
By Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press Sports Writer


It’s not often signing a 38-year-old constitutes a youth movement, but that’s exactly the spot the Lions find themselves in at kicker.

One day after Jason Hanson retired after 21 NFL seasons, the Lions found his replacement, agreeing to terms with six-time Pro Bowler David Akers.

Akers, four years Hanson’s junior, is coming off a down year in which he battled a hip injury most of the season and missed 13 of 42 field-goal attempts.

When healthy at the beginning of last year, he tied an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in a season-opening win over the Green Bay Packers.

Akers, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers last month, visited the Lions on Tuesday.

Hanson said earlier this off-season he wanted to play at least one more year in Detroit, but the unrestricted free agent couldn’t come to a contract agreement with the Lions, prompting his retirement. The 42-year-old had been slow to recover from a heel injury he suffered last season.

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Postby moochman » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:34 pm

If only the Lions had any vision. Its not like Hanson hid his age. I wanted them to boot Hanson 5 years ago in favor of now Denver kicker Matt Prater. We would not have missed Hanson in those 5 years and we would not be stuck comtemplating Akers vs Kick-O-Licious battle of the toe.
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