Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/31/12

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson follows through on a 54-yard field goal against the St. Louis Rams in a pre-season game on August 29, 2005 at Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Derek Dimke makes Jason Hanson feel old. Dimke, a rookie kicker in the Detroit Lions' camp, was in diapers the first time Hanson put on a NFL uniform. Hanson, entering his 21st season in the league, made his debut with the Lions in 1992. Dimke was 2 years old. It's no wonder that Dimke felt like he had to call Hanson "Sir" when he first met him. "I was getting real irritated with that," Hanson said. "I was like 'Dude, knock it off. ... don't call me that' "I think he actually meant it. I started wearing my hat again so he couldn't see my bald head." Hanson, 42, is the consummate pro. He was often the lone positive during the Lions' dark days as an organization (0-16 in 2008), but now he has a chance to finish on top with a club that's shooting for a Super Bowl in the near future. Many kickers lose their range toward the end of their career, but Hanson made 5-of-7 field goals from 50-plus yards last year. It was the second-most he's made from 50-plus in a ...
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