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.
list ordered by
1
2,521 163
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back
2
2,007 220
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver
3
1,154 328
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback
4
1,034 324
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver
5
832 328
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker
6
1,226 472
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback
7
788 233
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back
8
751 223
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker
9
604 218
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback
10
579 183
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist
11
529 187
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker
12
698 186
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker
13
532 179
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle
14
450 146
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
durstome101 added Tight end
15
393 161
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
16
738 481
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle
17
360 148
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman
18
369 159
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner
19
357 151
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end
20
470 168
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver
21
178 116
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back
22
245 101
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back
23
234 145
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman
24
234 84
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
25
291 24
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback