Jason Hanson is a victim. He was blessed with a golden leg and the raw talent and ability to break every professional kicking record on the books. Then he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1992 and has been there ever since. Now I love the Detroit Lions, and I always will, but I'm a football fan first, so even I recognize that Hanson's numbers are a shadow of what they would be with another team. A placekicker isn't like any offensive position. He can't put the team on his back and put up numbers regardless of his team's performance. If the team can't get into field goal range, the kicker can't score, period. There's no such thing as an 80-yard field goal. So Hanson sits at seventh all-time in scoring when he has the talent to be several spots up. Jason Elam, Matt Stover, and John Carney ...
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