NFL The Best Detroit Lions of All Time  

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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
1,786 117
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Barry Sanders Running back

2
1,421 165
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
816 233
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
731 205
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
836 300
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

6
579 238
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

7
534 172
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
474 128
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

9
382 142
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

10
501 160
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

11
431 171
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

12
413 143
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
387 138
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
331 110
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Charlie Sanders Tight end

The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

15
303 117
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doak Walker Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
548 336
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
266 108
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
248 118
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

19
244 112
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

20
167 66
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

21
258 86
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

22
166 108
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
171 93
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

24
172 112
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

25
133 22
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

26
206 84
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

27
170 105
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

28
147 57
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slaft added Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

The Best Detroit Lions Running Backs of All Time

29
197 145
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

30
218 132
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

31
74 4
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Darius Slay Cornerback

32
161 102
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doug English Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

33
108 37
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

34
151 117
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

35
115 48
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

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36
126 91
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Roger Brown Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

37
148 118
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

38
83 46
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

39
94 43
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

40
91 50
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

41
86 40
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

42
86 14
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matt Prater Placekicker

The Best Detroit Lions Wide Receivers of All Time

43
87 57
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

44
75 44
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

45
87 54
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

46
93 49
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

47
119 70
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

48
74 42
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

49
99 66
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jeff Backus Tackle

50
218 225
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back