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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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1,285 85
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
1,044 109
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
586 162
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
515 137
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
404 167
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

6
325 121
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

7
363 115
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
521 208
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

9
284 115
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

10
376 121
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

11
314 95
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

12
300 127
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
288 115
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
251 87
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
235 92
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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418 247
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
192 86
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
177 89
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

19
172 98
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

20
150 82
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

21
116 45
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
123 85
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
118 41
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

24
127 91
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

25
122 47
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

26
188 108
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

27
114 84
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

28
95 40
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slaft added Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

29
117 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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117 87
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
103 91
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

32
60 22
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

33
72 35
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

34
49 13
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

35
94 76
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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54 34
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

37
56 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
106 101
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

39
59 36
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

40
86 50
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

41
179 167
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

42
51 31
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

43
42 16
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

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51 32
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

45
51 36
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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59 42
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

47
39 23
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

48
59 33
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

49
45 36
Eric Ebron is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

50
68 52
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jeff Backus Tackle