8 days out from the start of training camp is a great time to remember one of the great special teams efforts in NFL history. Just two years ago our very own Jason Hanson was a perfect 8-for-8 on field goal attempts of 50 yards or more.
A reminder of Hanson’s amazing 2008 season may be enough to battle the thought that a disappointing 2009 season was the result of declining skills. While last year’s 21-for-28 effort certainly didn’t meet expectations, it wasn’t his worst field goal percentage of his career. Hanson connected on a career low 66.7% of his field goals in 1994, his third year in the league. 1996 and 2001 were also seasons that Jason failed to match his 2009 success rate.
There is no doubt that Jason Hanson is nearing the end of his career, but kicker is a position with a history of players continuing into their 40’s. He may never hit 8 field goals from 50 yards or more in a season again, but Morten Andersen is the only other player to ever accomplish that feat. That puts Hanson in good company when it comes to longevity.