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Jason Hanson

Place Kicker

Jason Hanson

Inducted 2020

Date of Birth



Spokane, WA


Washington State University (1988-1991)


Jason Hanson becomes Washington State’s first Unanimous First-Team All-America selection while he set multiple records during his collegiate career. He becomes the fifth player in school history to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Hanson holds several NCAA records, including career field goals of 40 yards or more (39) and 50 yards or more (20). A four-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, he earned the honor as both a kicker and a punter in 1990. He led the Cougars to a No. 16 final ranking as a freshman and Aloha Bowl victory, which was school’s first postseason victory in 73 years. He set a Pac-10 record by making 57.1 percent of his field goals from 50 yards or longer, highlighted by a still-standing Washington State and conference record 62-yard field goal against UNLV in 1991. Hanson was taken in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft, where he spent 21 seasons with the Detroit Lions. The fourth-leading scorer in NFL history is the sole player 2,000 career points for one franchise and was the first player to pay 300 games for one team. Hanson, a two-time Pro Bowler, holds every placekicking record in Detroit Lions history and was inducted into the team’s ring of honor in 2013.


Height 6'0"

Weight 179

Career Highlights

  • 1991 Academic All-America
  • 1991 First-Team All-America
  • 1991 NFF Scholar-Athlete
  • 1990 Academic All-America
  • 1990 All-Conference
  • 1989 Academic All-America
  • 1989 All-Conference
  • 1989 Unanimous All-America
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