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2010 Ed Block Courage Award Winner: Jason Hanson

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation will celebrate the 33nd annual Ed Block Courage Awards March 8 at Martin's West. One player from every NFL team will be honored for his commitment to the principles of courage and sportsmanship while serving as an inspiration in the locker rooms and community. In anticipation of the big night, PressBox is profiling each award winner. Click here for more profiles.

K Jason Hanson has been selected the Detroit Lions’ 2010 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. 

A Lions’ second-round draft pick in 1992, the 19-year veteran Hanson is on the threshold of setting an NFL record for longevity.  He has played in 295 Lions’ games, just one game shy of tying Bruce Matthews (Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans) for most games played by a player with the same franchise. Hanson ranks first in every statistical category for a place-kicker in Lions’ history with longest field goal (56), field goals made (439) and attempted (536), and extra points made (573) and attempted (581). 

He is the Lions’ all-time leader in scoring with 1,890 points and ranks seventh overall in NFL history.  His 45 field goals of 50 or more yards is also an NFL record.  In 2008 he joined Eddie Murray as the place-kickers on the Lions’ 75th Season All-Time Team. However, all of the games played and the records set have not come without adversity and injury.

In 2009, Hanson overcame an injury to his left knee that required arthroscopic surgery during training camp but he was ready for the regular season and played in all 16 games.  During training camp this summer he injured his right knee that required arthroscopic surgery but, again, he was ready to go when the regular season kicked off. Eight games into this season, Hanson sustained another injury to his right knee while attempting a field goal that sent him to the sidelines in the Lions-New York Jets game (November 7).  

He is currently undergoing treatments and is on target to return to the lineup soon. 

“Jason is a veteran player who exhibits all of the true characteristics that epitomize the foundations of this award,” praised Lions’ coordinator of athletic medicine Dean Kleinschmidt.  “He has longevity, toughness and works so hard at being the very best he can be at anything he does including coming back from injury.  He is a rehab warrior both physically and mentally.

“He actually challenges us when he comes in for treatments to find new, better ways to get him back on the field as quickly and safely as possible.  He is a real pro and as tough of a competitor as you’ll find.”