Lions' Jason Hanson gives himself the boot after 21 years

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Philadelphia...

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles during the overtime period of their NFL football game in Philadelphia October 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

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No NFLer has played more games with just one team than Detroit Lions placekicker Jason Hanson -- 327.

There won't be a 328th. On Thursday, Hanson announced he is hanging up his worn-out cleats.

For 21 seasons, Hanson was one of the most reliable and effective kickers in the league. He'll retire officially Tuesday as the third-highest scorer (with 2,150 points), having made 82% of his field goals. He made 89% of his kicks in 2012.

"It's time," Hanson said, per MLive.com. "I gave serious thought and consideration to playing in 2013. While the determination and will power are still there, the wear and tear on my body, especially the issues I had and still have with my heel, have convinced me that it's time to retire."

The Lions drafted the Washington State University product in the second round of the 1992 NFL draft.


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