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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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1,386 91
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
1,127 120
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
621 180
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
553 151
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
431 185
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

6
582 227
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

7
344 133
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
386 129
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

9
338 101
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

10
298 122
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

11
397 133
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

12
319 131
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
300 121
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
262 92
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
248 97
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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442 259
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
203 91
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
185 95
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

19
181 103
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

20
125 51
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

21
159 94
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

22
130 90
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
142 54
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

24
133 50
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

25
133 97
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
193 113
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

27
105 43
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120 88
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
123 85
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

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125 91
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
61 14
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

32
109 97
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

33
79 38
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

34
64 25
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

35
96 80
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Roger Brown Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

36
59 38
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

37
62 36
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
112 105
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

39
48 17
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

40
92 53
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

41
63 40
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

42
55 34
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

43
181 177
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

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54 34
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

45
55 40
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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63 44
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

47
44 27
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

48
61 37
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

49
73 55
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jeff Backus Tackle

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49 35
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slaft added Dexter Bussey Running back