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
2,205 146
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,749 197
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
993 294
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
899 277
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
1,074 390
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

6
736 278
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

7
681 204
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
649 200
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
612 163
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
528 194
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
511 167
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
463 170
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
482 161
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
400 130
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Tight end

15
357 140
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
317 132
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

17
654 429
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
327 135
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
306 135
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
382 126
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
217 86
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
230 40
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

23
185 15
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

24
163 102
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

25
211 131
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
201 112
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Center

27
197 70
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

28
209 123
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
274 141
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Defensive end

30
242 186
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

31
237 148
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tight end

32
153 48
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker

33
193 116
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

34
153 63
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

35
160 64
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

36
160 28
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

37
177 141
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

38
155 108
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

39
177 134
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

40
119 60
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

41
130 59
Brett Perriman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

42
130 67
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

43
120 79
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Linebacker

44
86 44
Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
David Lee added Wide receiver

45
134 82
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle

46
92 57
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

47
115 73
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

48
155 94
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Center

49
97 58
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slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle

50
108 78
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle