DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson stopped by SportsFest Saturday at the Suburban Showplace Collection in Novi to talk about his storied career.
In football, that is, though he admits when he meets new people and tells them he’s an athlete, they assume he’s in a different sport.
“A lot of people when they hear I’m a professional athlete, but don’t think football and don’t know me, they think I’m a golfer,” he said. “They haven’t seen me play obviously… I wish I could play golf,” he said, about the sport most people assume he plays because he’s not built like the stereotypical Mack truck player. ”
He added he does play golf, with a 7 handicap.
But in his real professional career, he said he’s been lucky in teammates — and opponents — Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Calvin were of course on his short list of favorites.
“Barry and Calvin are two just off-the-charts, world-class athletes,” Hanson said. “It’s hard to pick one.”
The oldest active player in the NFL, placekicker Jason Hanson has spent his entire career with the Lions.
He has booted 17 game-winning field goals in his career; eight in regulation and nine in overtime.