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This is a list of the best Detroit Lions of all time. Formed in 1929 in Portsmouth, Ohio, the team known as the Lions put down roots in Detroit in 1934. Despite the failings of the past half century, the Lions have won four NFL championships with the last being in 1957. Despite having only one playoff win since then, the Lions have had several Hall of Fame players on its roster, including debatebly the best running back of all time. There is a long period where the Lions didn't have any of the best players in team history, but in recent years, the Lions have made up for their lean years by drafting some of the best young talent in football.

The 1950s and early 1960s were a prosperous time for the Lions. With quarterback Bobby Layne at the helm, these Lions teams featured some of the best players ever. Doak Walker, Dick "Night Train," Lem Barney and Joe Schmidt all played for the Lions during this time. In 1989, the Lions drafted running back Barry Sanders, who is not only one of the most popular star players the Lions have ever had, but one of the best ever. Those Lions teams also had great Lions players like Herman Moore as well. Today, Lions stars Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh all have potential to be some of the best players in Lions history.

This is the list of the greatest Detroit Lions of all time. If you think someone should be on this list of the best Lions of all time, then feel free to add him to the list. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Detroit Lions ever.
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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Barry Sanders Running back

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+ - 1,014 107
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
+ - 570 157
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
+ - 502 135
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
+ - 389 161
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

6
+ - 315 119
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

7
+ - 354 112
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
+ - 499 201
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

9
+ - 278 112
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

10
+ - 364 120
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

11
+ - 306 95
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

12
+ - 294 124
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
+ - 282 113
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
+ - 247 85
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
+ - 230 90
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doak Walker Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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+ - 408 246
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
+ - 187 84
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Gray Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

18
+ - 173 89
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

19
+ - 166 96
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

20
+ - 148 78
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

21
+ - 111 43
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
+ - 121 82
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
+ - 111 38
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

24
+ - 117 44
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Golden Tate Wide receiver

25
+ - 125 88
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
+ - 186 105
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

27
+ - 111 81
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

28
+ - 89 40
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Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

29
+ - 113 81
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

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+ - 112 86
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doug English Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

31
+ - 71 33
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

32
+ - 46 12
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

33
+ - 55 22
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Eddie Murray Placekicker

34
+ - 100 89
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

35
+ - 92 74
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Roger Brown Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

36
+ - 51 33
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

37
+ - 54 33
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

38
+ - 57 36
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

39
+ - 104 100
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

40
+ - 51 34
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

41
+ - 49 31
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

42
+ - 37 15
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

43
+ - 80 50
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

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+ - 174 165
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

45
+ - 49 32
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Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

46
+ - 37 21
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

47
+ - 56 42
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

48
+ - 55 31
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Brett Perriman Wide receiver

49
+ - 45 31
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Dexter Bussey Running back

50
+ - 43 30
Gary Danielson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Gary Danielson Quarterback