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Associated Press, Published April 04 2013

Detroit kicker Hanson retiring after 21 seasons

DETROIT – Jason Hanson wanted to keep on kicking. His body told him to stop.

The Detroit Lions kicker is retiring after 21 seasons. The 42-year-old Hanson announced his decision Thursday. He said he thought about returning, but problems with his heel prompted him to call it a career.

“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.”

Hanson became the first player to play 300 games with one franchise, finishing with 327. He also set an NFL record last year when he played his 21st season with the same team.