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
2,134 142
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,689 193
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
960 286
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
866 267
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
1,040 364
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

6
708 272
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

7
653 200
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
613 192
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
584 157
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
506 190
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
487 163
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
440 167
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
460 157
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
387 128
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
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15
348 136
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
631 414
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

17
302 130
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

18
312 132
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
291 130
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
360 117
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
205 84
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
158 11
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

23
209 36
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

24
157 100
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

25
200 128
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
192 109
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Center

27
261 133
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Defensive end

28
200 120
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
186 69
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

30
232 181
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

31
232 147
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tight end

32
187 114
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

33
140 47
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker

34
150 59
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

35
143 61
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

36
170 137
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

37
143 26
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

38
147 107
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

39
175 131
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

40
115 58
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

41
122 57
Brett Perriman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

42
119 63
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

43
112 77
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Linebacker

44
109 67
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

45
80 39
Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
David Lee added Wide receiver

46
148 89
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Center

47
88 55
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

48
125 79
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle

49
106 74
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

50
91 54
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