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.
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1
2,196 145
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,741 196
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
990 293
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
894 276
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
1,071 385
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

6
734 277
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

7
679 203
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
645 198
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
608 162
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
525 193
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
509 166
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
462 169
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
481 160
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
399 129
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Tight end

15
356 139
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
314 131
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

17
650 429
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
324 134
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
303 134
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
379 126
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
215 85
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
182 14
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

23
227 40
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

24
162 101
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

25
211 129
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
200 111
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Center

27
194 69
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

28
207 122
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
272 141
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Defensive end

30
241 185
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

31
236 147
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tight end

32
152 47
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker

33
193 115
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

34
158 64
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

35
149 62
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

36
174 140
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

37
156 28
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

38
153 107
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

39
177 133
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

40
119 59
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

41
128 58
Brett Perriman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

42
129 66
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

43
119 78
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Linebacker

44
92 56
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

45
114 72
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

46
132 81
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle

47
153 93
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Center

48
84 44
Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
David Lee added Wide receiver

49
96 57
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slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle

50
107 77
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle