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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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1,549 100
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
1,255 136
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
697 204
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
626 168
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
687 256
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

6
490 200
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

7
448 141
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
380 153
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

9
387 110
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

10
438 141
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

11
334 130
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

12
354 138
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
336 131
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
286 100
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
271 103
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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490 293
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
227 98
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
205 108
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

19
209 100
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

20
140 57
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

21
197 67
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

22
144 97
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
179 115
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

24
171 61
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

25
149 105
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
143 93
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

27
126 47
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144 88
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

29
204 121
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

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91 16
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

31
142 96
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doug English Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

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84 29
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

33
127 105
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

34
48 4
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
TRENT13 added Matt Prater Placekicker

35
19 0
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Darius Slay Cornerback

36
90 43
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

37
107 84
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
64 22
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

39
131 110
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

40
72 44
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

41
69 42
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

42
69 35
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

43
76 47
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

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63 38
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

45
72 44
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

46
102 58
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

47
77 42
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

48
202 196
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

49
67 48
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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60 39
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle