Jason Hanson to retire after 21 seasons with Lions

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2013 will mark the first time in a long time that Detroit will be searching for a new long-term solution at kicker.

Longtime Lions kicker Jason Hanson will retire after 21 seasons in Detroit, according to Mike O'Hara of detroitlions.com. Hanson has been one of the best kickers in the NFL over the past two decades and leaves the game as one of the most accomplished at his position.

Hanson is third all time in field goals made and points scored. He also tops the list of regular season games played with a single team, having suiting up for Detroit 327 times. The veteran was still elite in his final year, hitting on 32 of 36 field goal attempts for the Lions in 2012.

The Spokane, Wash., native still holds the record for longest field goal at his alma mater, Washington State. He graduated in 1992 and was drafted unusually high for a kicker with the 56th-overall pick in the second round. The Lions were certainly rewarded for their faith in Hanson.

In addition to the accolades stated above, Hanson was a three-time All-Pro, a two-time Pro Bowler and Offensive Rookie of the Year. He missed just eight extra points in his career and holds the record for most field goals from 50 yards or longer.

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