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HCA: Jason Hanson elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Kicker joins an elite group of WSU legends in receiving this honor

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Three-time All-American Cougar kicker and punter Jason Hanson has been named to the 2020 class of the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation. The kicker joins such other Cougars in the Hall of Fame Mike Utley, Ruben Mayes, Turk Edwards, Mel Hein, Lone Star Dietz, and Babe Hollingberry.

The Mead high school grad burst on to the scene in 1988 earning Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News after scoring 91 points for 16th ranked Cougars. His sophomore season he nailed 21 field goals setting a WSU record and being named WSU’s first unanimous All-American. He added punting chores as a junior and received All-American honors at that position. His senior year he doubled up as an All-American as a punter and kicker.

Hanson finished his Cougar career with 19 50+ field goals and Pac-10 record 62 yarder.

He went on to be drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round and played 21 seasons earning All-Pro honors a couple times and and is the fourth leading scorer in NFL history.

Hanson joined other legends such as Eric Dickerson, Steve McNair and Lomas Brown in the 2020 class announcement. Congrats Jason!

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