Longtime Lions kicker Jason Hanson announced he is retiring from the NFL after 21 seasons.
Hanson released a statement through the team this afternoon, shortly after the retirement was announced at 4pm.
"It's time," Hanson said. "I gave serious thought and consideration to playing in 2013. While the determination and willpower are still there, the wear and tear on my body, especially the issues I had and still have with my heel have convinced me that it's time to retire."
"I have put a lot of prayer into this decision, and I believe it is the right one."
"While I look forward to my press conference next Tuesday where I can publicly thank so many people who have played such a big part in my career, I do want to offer my sincere appreciation to the Ford Family, all my coaches and teammates, the Lions organization and the incredible Lions fans. You all helped me along this journey and I am forever grateful," Hanson said.
"Jason Hanson is the gold standard," Lions President Tom Lewand said. "He had an exemplary, Hall-of-Fame worthy career on the field, and for those of us fortunate to know him well, he is an even better person, teammate, friend, husband and father."
"Our organization has been blessed to have Jason for 21 years."