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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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Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

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

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

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Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

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

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

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

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

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Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

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Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

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Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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

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Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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

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

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

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Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

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

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Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

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

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Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

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Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

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Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Nate Burleson Wide receiver

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Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

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Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

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Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

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Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

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Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

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

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Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

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Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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Rashean Mathis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Rashean Mathis Cornerback, Safety

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Brett Perriman Wide receiver