The Detroit Lions officially honored the long career of Jason Hanson with a farewell press conference today. One of the honors bestowed upon Hanson was an announcement by team president Tom Lewand that Hanson would be added to the team’s ring of honor, known as the Pride of the Lions.
An group of 12 players was included in the ‘Pride’ when the concept was put into place during the 2009 season. Lewand indicated at that time that the list would grow, perhaps even with players that were current Lions at that time:
“There will be others,” he said. “It’s not something we’ll do lightly. The criteria has to be stringent, but we’ve got other who are already deserving and hopefully, we’ve got some guys on the field today that will become deserving of it.”
Perhaps Lewand made that comment with Hanson specifically in mind. Fans should probably expect a pregame or halftime ceremony for Hanson next season as part of his Pride of the Liosn induction. Hanson’s name, number and years played will also be added to the display on the old Hudson’s warehouse part of Ford Field.
Whether or not Jason Hanson will eventually be enshrined in Canton, Ohio as a Pro Football Hall of Famer remains to be seen. The odds are slim but the Lions organization believes he is and their announcement of Hanson’s addition to the the Pride of the Lions says as much. All 12 charter members of the group are already in the Hall of Fame, as is Dick LeBeau who was added to the group in 2010.
Other Pride of the Lions honorees are:
Dick “Night Train” Lane