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Jason Hanson, 42, Not Sure If He'll Kick For Lions Next Season
At 42, Lions kicker Jason Hanson doesn't sound like he's ready to retire. But he said he'll sit down with his family sometime in the next few months and make a final decision about his future, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
"I think so," Hanson said when asked if he wants to keep playing. "I know I can. Like I said, I haven't really processed all that. Just get some of the nagging little kicker owies, toenail hurts, that kind of thing, let that calm down and then just really evaluate because I know I don't want to play anymore unless I know I want to play and feel like I'm going to show up for off-season and run and do all the stuff."
"I'm not interested in playing anywhere else, no way," Hanson said. "If I can't do it here, I can't do it anywhere right now. And with my family -- and they know that, so it's not any secret. So yeah, never say never, but I'm not considering any other options other than getting it done here."
He ranks third on the NFL's all-time field-goals made chart, has more 50-plus yarders than anyone in league history and is tied for fourth with 31 made field goals (in 35 attempts) this year.
Three of his four misses this season have hit an upright, including a 47-yarder off the right post in overtime of a November loss to the Houston Texans.
"There's a lot of kicks this year that were tough and long, or different; in the wind," Hanson said. "I feel like I did good. I hit the upright three times, but one of them was the huge one on Thanksgiving and that's a major source of grief for me.
"You're in the thick of it and you're put out there and it's like you can salvage the day and you should and, boink. It's just a dagger. So all that stuff, it's bittersweet."
Source: The Redzone
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