K Jason Hanson named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Posted Sep 29, 2011

Kicker Jason Hanson has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the month of September. This is his fifth-career Special Teams Player of the Month award and his first since November of 2003.

Hanson has been an integral part of Detroit's 3-0 start, making 8-of-8 field goal attempts and 11 PATs. He has also registered 11 touchbacks (tied for sixth in the NFL) - two touchbacks shy of the NFL lead.

"There’s a lot of guys with talent in the NFL, but there's not many people that play 10-plus years (and) you can’t play 10-plus years on talent alone," said Head Coach Jim Schwartz on Monday.

"You need to have that the conscientiousness and the work ethic."

After back-to-back seasons struggling with injuries, Hanson has come back looking stronger than ever.

In Detroit's come-from-behind overtime win at Minnesota, Hanson was 4-of-4 on field goal attempts, making field goals of 28, 50, 40 and 32 yards.

"Last week we said we were 2-0; this week we're 3-0," said Hanson after the game. "That's a good 3-0. Doesn't win anything yet, but (it was) a big win.

"Now we're on the road again against a good team. You know what it does? It gives you energy for the next week. I know when you lose you don't have that - so this is a big win."
Hanson has reached multiple career milestones this season, including becoming the NFL's leader in games played with one team. He surpassed Hall of Fame center Bruce Matthews for that spot when he notched his 297th-career game against Kansas City.

In that same game, Hanson became the seventh player in NFL history with 1,900-career points.

He followed that up with a big performance at Minnesota.

"He hasn’t declined physically and he’s extremely reliable on a kick; you don’t kick it on first down unless you have a lot of confidence in your kicker," said Schwartz of opting to kick the game-winning field goal on 1st-and-10 in overtime at Minnesota.

"You don’t line up 50-yard field goals unless you have confidence in your kicker. We have a lot of confidence in our offense to be able to score but we know that Jason will be there for us."