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
2,149 142
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

2
1,698 194
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

3
963 287
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

4
872 270
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

5
1,049 367
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

6
713 273
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback, Placekicker

7
659 201
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

8
617 195
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

9
588 159
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

10
509 192
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback

11
492 164
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist

12
443 168
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

13
462 158
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

14
389 128
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
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15
349 136
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

16
637 419
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle

17
303 131
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

18
315 132
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
293 131
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end

20
364 119
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

21
206 84
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Safety, Punter, Defensive back

22
162 12
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Cornerback

23
213 37
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

24
158 101
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

25
204 128
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

26
193 110
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Center

27
202 121
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

28
187 69
Bennie Blades is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

29
263 135
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Defensive end

30
234 181
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker

31
233 147
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tight end

32
188 114
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

33
141 47
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Placekicker

34
153 60
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

35
144 61
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Running back

36
171 138
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wide receiver

37
146 26
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Placekicker

38
148 107
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

39
176 131
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Quarterback

40
116 58
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

41
123 57
Brett Perriman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

42
122 64
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

43
114 77
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Linebacker

44
110 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
151 89
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Center

46
81 40
Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
David Lee added Wide receiver

47
89 55
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

48
127 79
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Tackle

49
107 74
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle

50
92 54
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