In this edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we honor the greatest foot in franchise history.
58. Jason Hanson
Kicker. 1992-2012 Detroit
The most prolific scorer in franchise history, Jason Hanson was pegged to replace a legend in Eddie Murray when he was chosen in the second-round in the 1992 draft. The Washington native attended college at Washington State, where he set a Pac 10 record by making 57.1% of his field goal attempts from 50-yards or longer (20-35). Jason responded to the Murray supporters by scoring 93 points as a rookie, making 80% of his field goal attempts, and going 30-30 on extra points. Twenty-one years later, he retired as one of the most popular and productive players in franchise history. Hanson’s career field goal percentage stands at .824 (495 of 601), and his PAT percentage is .988 (665 of 673), with both marks ranking among the best in NFL history. His 52 career field goals over 50-yards is an NFL record.
Needless to say, Hanson is the Lions’ all-time leading scorer. He was selected to Pro Bowls after the 1997 and 1999 seasons. He set a franchise record for consecutive field goals in 1997 by connecting on 24-straight, and holds the team record for the longest field goal with a 56-yard boot versus the Cleveland Browns on October 8, 1995. His 327 games and 21 seasons with one NFL team are also league records.