Lions veteran kicker Jason Hanson retires

Jason Hanson retires after 21 seasons of kicking in NFL

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DETROIT - Veteran kicker Jason Hanson has announced his retirement from the NFL after 21 seasons.

The Detroit Lions confirmed Hanson's retirement on Thursday.

Hanson, 42, was drafted by the Lions in the 2nd round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was the 56th overall pick.

Hanson became the first player to play 300 games with one franchise, finishing with 327. He also set an NFL record last year when he played his 21st season with the same team.

Hanson made a record 52 field goals from at least 50 yards. He's third on the career scoring list at 2,150 points and third in field goals with 495.

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