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 during the Lions 3-13 season in 2002.
It came down to this: Make it and see the birth of his youngest son, Luke.
Miss the kick and miss the birth.
His wife, Kathleen, was on bed rest during the pregnancy of their third child. She stayed back with family in Spokane, Wash., and had a Caesarean section scheduled for a Monday morning after the Lions played on Sunday.
It was a 1 p.m. game at Ford Field in Detroit. The only flight Hanson could get back home was scheduled to depart around 6 p.m. The stadium is no more than 30 minutes from Metro Airport.
Hansons worst fear came true the game went into overt...