Barry Sanders welcomes Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson into retirement

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) kicks a field goal in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) kicks a field goal in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Legendary NFL running back Barry Sanders knows a thing or two about retirement. After winning the Heisman Trophy as a superstar Cowboy at Oklahoma State, Sanders averaged more than 1,500 rushing yards per year and earned a Pro Bowl berth in each of his 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions.

Sanders retired a mere 1,457 yards short of the all-time NFL rushing record after the 1998 season.

The man has learned a thing or two about how to handle life after the NFL. However, a former Lions teammate of his, Jason Hanson, has not.

Hanson was drafted in the second round by Detroit in 1992 and had kicked for the Lions every year since. Hanson’s 21-year career resulted in NFL records for most 50-yard field goals (52), games played with one team (327), and third-place finishes in league history in total field goals (495) and points (2,150).

The 42-year old spent the same amount of time in the league as out of it, and he probably has no idea how to handle retirement.

Obviously, we have no idea what he will be getting up to, but Sanders wanted to be one of the first to finally welcome Hanson to the ranks of the unemployed:

Love it.

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