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
2,061 139
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,634 187
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
930 281
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
841 254
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
999 351
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

6
681 265
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

7
629 195
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
584 187
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
560 153
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
487 189
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
472 160
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
429 165
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
445 154
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
374 125
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Tight end

15
339 134
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
613 403
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

17
291 127
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

18
297 129
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
283 125
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
338 113
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
201 80
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
155 96
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

23
194 34
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

24
139 10
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

25
196 124
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
250 122
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Defensive end

27
188 105
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Center

28
192 117
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
174 68
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

30
232 143
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tight end

31
224 174
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

32
185 111
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

33
136 43
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker

34
137 56
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

35
138 55
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

36
167 134
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

37
146 103
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

38
173 129
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

39
127 26
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

40
112 57
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

41
112 60
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

42
112 55
Brett Perriman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

43
87 53
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

44
74 35
Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
David Lee added Wide receiver

45
105 76
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Linebacker

46
143 87
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Center

47
102 65
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
102 70
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

49
87 52
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slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle

50
119 77
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle