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
2,469 161
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,964 213
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
1,129 320
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
1,011 314
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
821 315
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

6
1,200 459
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

7
770 225
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
735 216
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
684 180
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
594 213
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
567 181
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
519 185
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
520 176
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
440 143
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
durstome101 added Tight end

15
389 157
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
353 146
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

17
726 472
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
364 153
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
347 147
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
455 158
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
274 20
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

22
284 48
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

23
240 98
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

24
231 78
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

25
174 113
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back