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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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1,451 97
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
1,173 128
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
654 187
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
582 160
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
623 240
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

6
455 193
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

7
409 135
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
355 144
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

9
355 104
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

10
413 136
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

11
311 127
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

12
333 134
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
312 124
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
272 94
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
257 101
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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460 271
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
210 95
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
191 104
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

19
193 96
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

20
130 52
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

21
167 101
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

22
138 91
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
156 58
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

24
139 100
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

25
143 52
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

26
197 114
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

27
113 44
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slaft added Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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130 89
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
132 86
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

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133 92
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
70 15
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

32
70 26
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

33
117 100
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

34
84 39
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

35
102 81
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
54 17
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

37
64 38
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
119 106
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

39
21 1
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
TRENT13 added Matt Prater Placekicker

40
58 34
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

41
63 42
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

42
66 41
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

43
67 44
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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95 56
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

45
188 181
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

46
50 28
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

47
66 38
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

48
56 36
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

49
57 41
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

50
76 56
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jeff Backus Tackle