Former WSU kicker named on college Hall of Fame ballot

Hanson would become fifth Cougar athlete to be elected



Former WSU kicker Jason Hanson made 19 field goals of 50-plus yards during his time as a Cougar.

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen deputy sports editor

Former WSU kicker Jason Hanson was named on the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame on Monday.

The announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class will be made on Jan. 7 before the College Football Playoff National Championship in Santa Clara, California.

Hanson was elected into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame earlier this year, becoming the first student-athlete in school history to receive this honor.

During his time in Pullman, Hanson made 19 field goals of 50-plus yards including a 62-yarder in 1991, the longest made field goal in NCAA Division I history without a tee.

Hanson was a three-time Academic All-American during his four years as a Cougar and became WSU’s first unanimous first team All-American as a sophomore in 1989.

As a senior, Hanson was named an All-American at both kicker and punter and received the honor of National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.

Hanson was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft and played 21 seasons with them. He was a first team All-Pro selection in 1993 and was inducted in the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Lions Ring of Honor in 2013.

Four Cougars are currently in the CFB Hall of Fame; Mel Hein, Turk Edwards, Rueben Mayes and Mike Utley.

There are 76 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision on the ballot this year.