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
2,605 168
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back
2
2,077 231
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver
3
1,190 339
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback
4
1,064 339
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver
5
820 244
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back
6
1,270 495
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback
7
784 230
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker
8
870 336
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker
9
725 193
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker
10
631 223
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback
11
598 189
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist
12
551 192
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker
13
553 183
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle
14
471 150
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
durstome101 added Tight end
15
410 166
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
16
374 153
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman
17
762 492
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle
18
383 166
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner
19
374 158
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end
20
493 177
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver
21
322 27
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback
22
257 106
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back
23
305 65
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety
24
249 86
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
25
184 121
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back