In this Monday edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we honor the greatest foot in franchise history – a guy who just yesterday kicked the game-winning field goal in a 26-23 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
58. Jason Hanson
Kicker. 1992-Present 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. Through yesterday’s win over the Eagles, his has collected 2060 career-points (475 FGs and 635 PATs). His career field goal percentage stands at .882 (475 of 578), and his PAT percentage is .987 (635 of 643), with both marks ranking among the best in NFL history. His 51 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 316 games and 21 seasons with one NFL team are also league records.