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I suppose that since I hail from Michigan, I should root for the lowly Lions. Well I have since the days of Barry Sanders and since I’ve been paying attention. Well, now I only exhort them when they aren’t playing the Titans. Congratulations on hiring a coach from the Titans today, Lions.
The bright spot in their dismal year was their placekicker, Jason Hanson. Today Randy Alcorn wrote this about his friend Jason:
Jason Hanson…ranks number eight in total points scored in NFL history, and is still going strong.
Jason kicked for Washington State, setting NCAA records that stand to this day. He was teammates with retired quarterback Drew Bledsoe. He holds the all-time college record for most field goals from 50 yards and more (20), and 40 yards and more (39).
As of this season Jason now holds the all-time NFL record for field goals 50 yards and greater–41 of them. Jason kicked eight field goals over fifty this year, tying the NFL record set by Morton Anderson, and surpassing Anderson’s lifetime record.
It was a rough year for the Detroit Lions, but an incredible year for Jason, who missed only one field goal from any distance, which was blocked. He’s a pro-bowl alternate. And at age 38, having played with the Lions sixteen years, he’s been with the same team longer than any other active NFL player.
Most importantly, Jason is not only a great competitor, but a humble follower of Christ, who uses his gifts for God’s glory. He loves his wonderful wife and children and is a real role model, a man to be admired off the field even more than on. Listen to Jason’s thoughtful words.
The way he’s kicking, Jason could have another five years or more as a pro. When he finally does retire, in my opinion (which counts for nothing, since I don’t get a vote) Jason will have had a hall of fame career. And speaking of the Hall of Fame, Jason is already there, as of last month, because the uniform he wore and the football he kicked to break that NFL career record for 50-yard-plus field goals were officially handed over to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Congratulations, brother.
Isn’t it fun to know that God has his people everywhere, in grocery stores and tire shops, in offices, at colleges and in professional sports?
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