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. “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.
PRESEASON SLATE: Every 2012 playoff team will appear in a nationally televised preseason game.
The Atlanta Falcons, who lost in the NFC title game, will play host to Cincinnati on Aug. 8 on ESPN.
The Falcons’ other home preseason game is Aug. 29, against Jacksonville.
NO VIOLATIONS: The NFL found no “specific violations” in questions teams asked college players at February’s scouting combine.
Colorado tight end Nick Kasa and other players said they were asked about their sexual orientation, but did not identify by which teams or what questions they asked. The NFL’s investigation found no such improper questioning.
At last month’s owners meetings Commissioner Roger Goodell said that if such questions were asked, “that’s unacceptable.”
CARDINALS: Coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim are scheduled to hold a private workout Saturday at USC for quarterback Matt Barkley, according to ESPN.com.
The Cardinals traded for quarterback Carson Palmer this week, but that apparently isn’t stopping Arizona from searching for its quarterback of the future as well.