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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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1,328 87
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
1,082 114
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
602 169
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

4
530 146
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

5
416 172
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

6
549 217
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

7
373 119
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

8
331 127
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

9
290 119
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

10
328 98
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

11
383 128
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

12
308 130
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
294 119
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

14
255 90
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Charlie Sanders Tight end

15
241 95
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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429 253
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

17
198 89
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
178 100
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

19
181 92
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

20
153 89
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

21
118 49
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
125 87
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

23
124 45
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

24
131 52
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

25
130 95
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
190 111
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

27
117 87
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

28
100 43
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slaft added Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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120 83
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

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121 89
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
106 94
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

32
76 37
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

33
62 24
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

34
55 14
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

35
58 36
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

36
95 78
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Roger Brown Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

37
58 35
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
109 103
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

39
46 17
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

40
90 52
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

41
62 39
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

42
181 170
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

43
52 33
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

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53 34
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

45
52 39
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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61 44
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

47
40 26
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

48
61 36
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

49
70 54
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jeff Backus Tackle

50
47 35
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slaft added Dexter Bussey Running back