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
2,278 152
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,811 201
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
1,032 298
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
933 285
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
762 288
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

6
1,107 415
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

7
711 206
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
671 202
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
634 164
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
542 200
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
529 169
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
481 172
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
491 163
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
413 130
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
durstome101 added Tight end

15
368 143
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
330 132
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

17
673 447
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
343 137
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
320 138
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
409 133
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
228 87
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
213 17
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

23
244 43
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

24
168 105
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

25
219 134
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
211 72
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

27
209 115
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Center

28
217 125
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
283 153
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Defensive end

30
163 49
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker

31
248 196
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

32
241 150
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tight end

33
200 119
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

34
161 63
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

35
175 30
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

36
170 68
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

37
183 145
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

38
158 112
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

39
179 138
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

40
124 62
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

41
135 60
Brett Perriman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

42
135 71
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

43
124 84
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Linebacker

44
142 84
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle

45
91 46
Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
David Lee added Wide receiver

46
96 60
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

47
103 59
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slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle

48
159 97
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Center

49
120 79
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

50
113 80
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle