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Recap of Jason Hanson's retirement press conference

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson held a press conference on Tuesday for his retirement from the NFL. Here's a look at what he had to say.


Jason Hanson officially said goodbye to the NFL on Tuesday with a press conference. Various members of the Detroit Lions organization spoke at the presser, and Hanson made comments as well. You can watch his portion of the press conference here, and a recap (in tweet form) is below.

First things first, a picture of the main people in attendance.

And now, some news about how the Lions plan to honor Hanson.

Moving on to the comments portion of the presser, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz spoke about Hanson's career.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew also spoke about Hanson's career.

Bill Ford Jr. provided some nice remarks on Hanson as well.

Ford Jr. wasn't the only one with jokes. Hanson himself had some funny things to say when it was his turn to speak.

To get serious for a second, Hanson again said that he decided to retire because of an injury.

Hanson essentially said that the contract he was offered by the Lions didn't play a part in his decision to retire.

Hanson later chimed in on the topic of whether or not kickers belong in the Hall of Fame.

Speaking of kickers, he gave his take on David Akers, who is replacing him as the Lions' kicker.

Finally, time for some thank-yous.

Thank you, Jason.

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