Jason Hanson

Jason Hanson

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Jason Douglas Hanson (born June 17, 1970 in Spokane, Washington) is an American football placekicker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

High school career

Hanson attended Mead Senior High School in Spokane, Washington and lettered in football, soccer, track, and basketball. As a senior, he won All-Greater Spokane League honors as both a kicker and punter and was named a first team All-State honoree by the Washington Sportswriters Association.

College career

Hanson attended Washington State University, where he set or tied many NCAA records. At WSU he was a teammate of quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Hanson's percentage of 57.1 for field goal from 50 yards or greater is both a school and Pacific-10 Conference record. He holds the record for most field goals from 50 yards or more (20), and 40 yards or more (39). His school records include most points scored (328), most games with two or more field goals (20), field goals (63), and PATs (139). He received a bachelor of science degree in Premed.

Pro career

Hanson was selected in the second round (56th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Lions, for whom he still plays today. No active NFL kicker has been with the same team as long as Hanson, and only former Cleveland Browns kicker Lou Groza (who also played offensive tackle) has played longer with one team. With the trade of Brett Favre, as well as the retirement of Michael Strahan, Hanson is the last player to have played for the same team he played for...
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