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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1,897 126
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Barry Sanders Running back

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1,503 175
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

3
864 256
Dick Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dick Lane Cornerback

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780 228
Herman Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Herman Moore Wide receiver

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911 315
Matthew Stafford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matthew Stafford Quarterback

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621 249
Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Bobby Layne Quarterback, Placekicker

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576 180
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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515 136
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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454 178
Dick LeBeau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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533 172
Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jason Hanson Placekicker

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402 153
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Joe Schmidt Linebacker

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439 151
Lem Barney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lem Barney Cornerback, Return specialist

13
408 146
Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Alex Karras Defensive tackle

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351 116
Charlie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
1512894725372 added Charlie Sanders Tight end

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321 125
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doak Walker Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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581 359
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Ndamukong Suh Defensive tackle

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283 116
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Gray Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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268 122
Lomas Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lomas Brown Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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263 117
Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Robert Porcher Defensive end

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184 72
Yale Lary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Yale Lary Safety, Punter, Defensive back

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293 99
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Golden Tate Wide receiver

The Best Detroit Lions Wide Receivers of All Time

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176 117
Jack Christensen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christensen

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183 120
Al Baker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Al Baker Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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165 30
Glover Quin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Glover Quin Cornerback, Safety

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177 101
Kevin Glover is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Kevin Glover Center

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230 95
Ezekiel Ansah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ezekiel Ansah Defensive end

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181 111
Jerry Ball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jerry Ball Defensive tackle, Tackle

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162 63
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slaft added Bennie Blades Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

The Best Detroit Lions Coaches of All Time

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103 6
Darius Slay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
JamesHerrick added Darius Slay Cornerback

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211 159
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
DeAndre Levy Linebacker

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225 138
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

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174 106
Doug English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Doug English Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

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121 42
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Eddie Murray Placekicker

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160 125
Johnnie Morton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Johnnie Morton Wide receiver

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125 50
Mel Farr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Mel Farr Running back

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134 95
Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Roger Brown Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

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163 120
Greg Landry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Greg Landry Quarterback

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117 48
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Marvin Jones Wide receiver

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96 48
Jack Christiansen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jack Christiansen Return specialist, Safety, Defensive back

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101 53
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Wayne Walker Linebacker, Placekicker

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107 19
Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Matt Prater Placekicker

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102 49
Cliff Avril is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Cliff Avril Defensive end, Linebacker

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104 50
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slaft added Brett Perriman Wide receiver

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98 66
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Max Barrera added Stephen Tulloch Linebacker

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80 48
Lou Creekmur is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Lou Creekmur Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

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133 77
Dominic Raiola is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Dominic Raiola Offensive Lineman, Center

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94 63
Shaun Rogers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
slaft added Shaun Rogers Defensive tackle

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82 47
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slaft added Luther Elliss Defensive tackle, Tackle

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111 71
Jeff Backus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
Jeff Backus Tackle

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91 61
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions of All Time
CMCSS03 added Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner