Once again, before you throw me to the wolves, harken back to the introductory slide. Overrated does not mean bad. It's hard to argue against "Steady" Eddie Murray. After all, he is the second-best kicker in Lions' history.
Yet, many Lions fans don't know just how distant a second he is. I have often engaged in the never-ending debate, "if Jason Hanson blah blah blah, then why not Eddie Murray?"
With all due respect to Steady Eddie, stop right there. That's just utter bupkis.
The only things that tie Murray to Hanson is that they were both kickers and both played in Detroit since what seems like the team's inception.
Okay, obviously it wasn't that long, but they both played in Detroit for a really long time.
Beyond that, anyone who dares try to compare the two kickers side by side simply doesn't understand how special Jason Hanson was.
Aside from the fact that Hanson has double the tenure of Murray (Murray played for 12 years, Hanson retired this offseason after 22), Hanson has done things no other kicker in history had done. If kickers were allowed into the Hall of Fame, and if I had a vote, he'd be on the first ballot. No doubt.
Murray? He was good. Really, really good. Scary good. As in multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections good.
But Hanson is a living legend. Let me make it known I will sing Eddie Murray's praises and have no problem with anyone else who does, but he is no Jason Hanson.