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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, then head over and check out the top Lions kickers ever and best Lions tight ends.

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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back from Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
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Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver from Newnan, Georgia
3
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback from Austin, Texas
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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 from Linwood, New Jersey, United States of America
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Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback from Tampa, Florida
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Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
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Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback and Placekicker from Santa Anna, Texas, United States of America
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Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
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Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker from Spokane, Washington
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Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback and Return specialist from Gulfport, Mississippi
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Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick LeBeau
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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle from USA, Indiana, Gary
13
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
durstome101 added Charlie Sanders Tight end from Richlands, North Carolina
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Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver from Hendersonville, Tennessee
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Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle and Offensive Lineman from Miami, Florida
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Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doak Walker Running back and Return specialist from Dallas, Texas
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Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end from South Carolina
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Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Williamsburg, Virginia
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Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback and Safety from McComb, Mississippi
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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle from Portland, Oregon
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Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety and Punter from Fort Worth, Texas
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Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback and Safety from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker from Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
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Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Darius Slay Cornerback from Brunswick, Georgia