It's already a big sports weekend for Michigan teams. The Detroit Tigers play their home opener Friday, and Michigan is at the Final Four in Atlanta. But by the time Tuesday rolls around, Hanson should have more of the spotlight to himself.
Hanson joined the Lions in 1992, the year after they reached the NFC championship game. He played in six postseason games — all losses — and endured the team's 0-16 performance of 2008.
But his perseverance was rewarded in 2011 when the Lions made the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years.
"I look forward to my press conference next Tuesday where I can publicly thank so many people who have played such a big part in my career," Hanson said. "You all helped me along this journey and I am forever grateful."