Jason Hanson joins Lions Ring of Honor
The Detroit Lions have announced today that former kicker Jason Hanson will become the 14th member to join their ring of honor. Hanson has played more games for the Lions than any other player has played for any single NFL team, and now he will continue to remain apart of the team after his retirement.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who was one of eight head coaches Hanson had over the past 21 seasons, believes he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame one day.
“You took him for granted because you had so much confidence in his ability to do his job,” Schwartz said. “Jason Hanson is a Hall of Fame kicker”
Bill Ford Jr, Lions owner, acknowledged that Hanson is very much appreciated that he has been one of the most reliable parts of the franchise over the past two decades, even though there was more bad than good times during his era with the team
“For a whole generation of Lions fans, there’s been one kicker,” Ford said. “No matter how disappointing the season, you could always count on Jason Hanson doing his part — and a little bit more. . . . There were times when it seemed like he was our leading tackler on special teams.”
Hanson said that he didn’t have plans now that his career is over but that would remain in apart of the community.