Found April 07, 2013 on Zone Blitz:
Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson retired last week and, I’m embarrassed to say, I initially didn’t even think of doing a post on his chances of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But Colts blogger and occasional Zoneblitz contributor Andrew Aziz posted the question to our Twitter account and it made me curious. It’s an interesting question. My initial thought was that Hanson was a very good kicker in the NFL for two decades but not one who will be rewarded with a spot in the Hall of Fame. Here’s why. First, he faces the same dilemma guys like Ray Guy, Mark Moseley and other good to great kickers and punters face – just not many special teams guys get any love from voters. A look at finalists from recent years shows that the last time a punter or kicker made it that far was Guy in 2008. Guy has been a finalist seven times and is the only kicker/punter to get that far in the 2000s, but he has never gotten over the threshold, leaving Jan Stenerud remains the only pure kicker enshri...

Hanson's top kick got him to son's birth on time

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Jason Hanson nevergot the thrill of making the winning field goal in a playoff game. He never felt the pressure of kicking in a Super Bowl. Those moments dont happen when you play on as many lousy teams as Hanson did during his 21 seasons with the Detroit Lions. But Hanson, for personal reasons,felt just as much pressure to make an overtime kick against Chicago...

Barry Sanders welcomes Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson into retirement

Barry Sanders knows a thing or two about retirement. On Monday, he welcomed 21-year Detroit Lions veteran Jason Hanson to the club.

Detroit Lions sign a replacement for retired K Jason Hanson

The Detroit Lions were faced with replacing long-time kicker Jason Hanson who decided to retire after 21 seasons in the NFL. Hanson had a stellar career with the Lions and the team reached out to yet another veteran kicker to take his place on the roster, but the move is not without controversy. On Friday, the Lions agreed to a deal with veteran free agent kicker David Akers. Akers...

How Old Were You When Hanson First Kicked For Detroit?

Welcome to a weekly column by Kyle Bauer on various happenings in national and local sports.  Agree or disagree with the author? Please comment below or let him know your thoughts by email, or twitter, @kyle_bauer   On Thursday, Lions place-kicker Jason Hanson decided to retire after 21 seasons of being the only reliable [...]

Lions replacing Hanson with Akers?

The Lions must love veteran kickers, because they have reportedly signed 38-year-old David Akers to replace 42-year-old Jason Hanson.

Lions sign kicker Akers

After Jason Hanson spent 21 years as their kicker, the Detroit Lions needed just over 24 hours to replace him. David Akers, released last month by San Francisco, reached a contract agreement Friday with the Lions. Akers, entering his 16th NFL season, has been one of the leagues more dependable kickers throughout his career; however, he made just 29 of 42 attempts last season for...

David Akers Replaces Jason Hanson in Detroit

Former 49ers kicker David Akers has been signed by the Detroit Lions to replace long-time kicker Jason Hanson.Fantasy Spin:Akers was the top fantasy kicker after booting 44 field goals in 2011-12, but slumped last season, missing nine of 38 field goal attempts. He should find kicking indoors a boon to his accuracy and could once again be a top fantasy kicker.

Lions Replace Retiring Hanson with Akers

The Detroit Lions didn't have to look long for a new kicker. Detroit added four-time All-Pro David Akers, one day after Jason Hanson retired.

Lions agree to terms with David Akers

Just a day after Jason Hanson retired after a 21-year NFL career, the Lions have already found his replacement. According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Lions have agreed to terms with free agent kicker David Akers. Akers had a great bounce back year in 2011 with the 49ers after being released by the Eagles, but he struggled at the end of this past season, which led to him being...

Agent: Lions agree to terms with K David Akers

The Detroit Lions have added kicker David Akers one day after Jason Hanson retired. Akers' agent, Jerrold Colton, confirmed Friday that he and the Lions agreed to terms. Colton declined to give details. The Lions didn't have to look long to find someone to replace Hanson, who retired Thursday, ending his 21-year career in Detroit. San Francisco released Akers a month ago...

Wazzu Morning Drip - Championship Monday Edition

Happy Monday Cougs, and as always we hope that things are good with you and yours.  We've been awfully quiet of late, for reasons we won't exactly go over right now.  But today is a new day and an opportunity to get something up on the blog, so, here we are. Can't help but love this time of year, even though there is no actual football GAMES to take in?  But it...

Agent: Lions agree to terms with K David Akers (Yahoo! Sports)

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have added kicker David Akers one day after Jason Hanson retired.,
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