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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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2
+ - 992 103
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
+ - 558 152
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
+ - 489 129
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
+ - 377 157
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

6
+ - 306 115
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

7
+ - 342 107
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
+ - 484 191
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

9
+ - 267 109
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

10
+ - 355 114
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

11
+ - 287 121
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

12
+ - 274 111
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

13
+ - 295 91
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

14
+ - 240 83
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
+ - 221 88
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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16
+ - 396 241
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
+ - 182 83
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
+ - 169 88
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

19
+ - 161 95
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

20
+ - 145 74
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

21
+ - 106 42
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
+ - 107 32
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

23
+ - 117 82
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

24
+ - 111 39
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Golden Tate Wide receiver

25
+ - 183 105
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

26
+ - 121 87
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

27
+ - 108 80
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

28
+ - 85 39
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Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

29
+ - 110 80
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

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+ - 111 85
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
+ - 67 32
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

32
+ - 42 11
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

33
+ - 51 21
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Eddie Murray Placekicker

34
+ - 99 88
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

35
+ - 48 30
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

36
+ - 52 33
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

37
+ - 88 74
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Roger Brown Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

38
+ - 103 98
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

39
+ - 55 35
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

40
+ - 49 32
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
+ - 48 30
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

42
+ - 35 13
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

43
+ - 78 48
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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+ - 172 162
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

45
+ - 36 19
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

46
+ - 48 31
Ranker Video v
Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

47
+ - 52 30
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Brett Perriman Wide receiver

48
+ - 42 29
Gary Danielson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Gary Danielson Quarterback

49
+ - 53 42
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

50
+ - 38 28
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time