Jason Hanson is entering his 18th NFL season this fall.
He has played in every Lions game since 1992, except one in 2005. That's 271 regular season games. Hanson has made five playoff appearances.
Hundreds of players have worn a Lions jersey during his tenure and Jim Schwartz is his eighth coach.
Few players show the dedication to one team as Hanson has shown to Detroit. The Lions have not shown Hanson the same dedication to the team as Detroit hasn't been to the playoffs since 1999 and has only 31 wins since 2001.
I start by asking Hanson why he has stayed in Detroit?
How many opportunities have you had to leave the Lions?
When were you closest to leaving? What changed your mind?
You are the Lions’ all-time scoring leader in points, as well as the all-time leader in field goals and extra points. You are only the sixth player in NFL history to connect on 400 career field goals. At Indianapolis last season you recorded your 41st 50+-yard field goal and set the all-time record for 50+-yard field goals in your career by surpassing Morten Andersen. You are also the first kicker in NFL history to go 8-for-8 on 50+-yard field goals in a single season. You turn 39 in less than a month,why are you still playing?
Do you care about any of those records?
Is there a record you would like to catch before you retire?
How long would you like to continue playing football?
Sept. 18, 2005 you missed your first and only professional game. Up to that point, you played 209 consecutive games. Why did you choose to sit out?
Brett Favre started 269 consecutive regular season games during his career, in some people's minds, to the detriment of the team on some occasions. Did that cross your mind when you sat against Chicago?
Coach Schwartz will be your eighth coach. Who was your favorite coach to play for and why?
Who was your least favorite coach and why?
I think the consensus would be that Barry Sanders was the best player you ever had as a teammate. If you don't agree, why, but if you do, then who was the second best teammate of yours?
What is your fondest memory of being a Lion?
Last season aside, what is your least memorable moment as a Lion?
Winning a Super Bowl seems to be among every football players' goals, that aside, what would you like to accomplish during your remaining years?
The Lions again drafted a quarterback this season. How would you rate the draft as executed by Schwartz, Tom Lewand, Martin Mayhew and James Harris? Did they address enough team needs?
Coming off an 0-16 season, what are your expectations for the 2009-10 season?
When you retire, how would you like to be remembered in Detroit?
When the Lions head to New Orleans to open the 2009-10 season Sept. 13, Hanson will make his 272nd appearance as a Detroit Lion.