The Detroit Lions Quiz (2000-2009): Test your fandom!
Answer: Remy Hamilton
This one completely threw me for a loop. I wrote the question assuming that the answer was going to be “none of the above”.
My 8th grade English teacher once described Jason Hanson as “The Best in the Business”. Objectively speaking, that was probably a bit of a stretch. However, Jason Hanson was certainly “One of the Most Consistent in the Business”.
In his first 18 seasons as the Lions’ kicker, Hanson played in 287 out of 288 possible regular season games. He once had a streak of playing in 209 consecutive regular season games. During the first decade of the 2000s, Hanson was the kicker for all 281 of the team’s field goal attempts. During this time, he also attempted 282 extra points.
That’s 563 scoring opportunities for a kicker. Until fact checking for this question, I had no idea that there was a 564th kick. And someone other than Jason Hanson kicked it.
Hanson missed the second game of the 2005 season with a hamstring injury. This ended his streak of over 200 games in a row. Former Michigan All-American Remy Hamilton became Lions kicker for a day.
The game was hardly memorable from the Lions point of view. The Bears crushed them, 38-6. Joey Harrington threw five interceptions. Remy Hamilton had only two kickoffs and an extra point attempt on the day. The kick got blocked.
Jason Hanson was back in the business the next week and played another 86 games in a row without missing another. In 2010 (new decade), a leg injury ended his season after only 8 games. Rookie Ndamukong Suh famously attempted an extra point against the Jets, and Dave Rayner handled kicking duties for the rest of the season.
I still don’t know why Nick Harris couldn’t have just done that kick instead of Suh.
4. Which player went on The Tonight Show after the Lions finally won their first game in 2001?
(a) Charlie Batch
(b) Johnnie Morton
(c) Shaun Rogers
(d) Desmond Howard