NFL The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time  

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Big fan of Detroit football? Then check out this list of Detroit Lions linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Detroit Lions history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Detroit defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Lions LBs include DeAndre Levy, Stephen Boyd, George Jamison, and Dennis Gibson.

In the 2017-18 NFL season, the current Detroit Lions starting LBs and backup LBs are Brandon Chubb, Jarrad Davis, Steve Longa, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin. 

Who are the best linebackers in Detroit Lions history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Detroit Lions starting linebacker.

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23 5
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Chris Spielman Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

2
22 5
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Joe Schmidt Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953

3
17 4
Stephen Boyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stephen Boyd Seasons: 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

4
16 4
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stephen Tulloch Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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19 7
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
DeAndre Levy Seasons:  2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

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18 7
Jarrad Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jarrad Davis Seasons: 2018, 2017

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14 4
George Jamison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
George Jamison Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

8
13 4
Ernie Sims is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ernie Sims Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

9
14 5
Boss Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Boss Bailey Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

10
17 8
Tahir Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tahir Whitehead Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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11 3
Jimmy Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jimmy Williams Seasons: 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983

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12 4
Dennis Gibson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gibson Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987

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8 1
Paul Naumoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Paul Naumoff Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

14
9 2
Mike Cofer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Mike Cofer Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

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11 4
Charlie Weaver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Charlie Weaver Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

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12 5
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Wayne Walker Seasons: 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960

17
12 5
Ken Fantetti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ken Fantetti Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979

18
10 5
Ashlee Palmer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ashlee Palmer Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

19
8 4
Reggie Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Reggie Brown Seasons: 1997, 1996

20
5 1
Ernie Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ernie Clark Seasons: 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

21
5 1
Tracy Scroggins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Scroggins Seasons: 1994, 1992

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5 1
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ed O'Neil Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

23
4 0
Tracy Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Hayworth Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991

24
13 10
Paul Worrilow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Paul Worrilow Seasons: 2018, 2017

25
6 4
Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Chris Claiborne Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

26
5 3
Donte Curry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Donte Curry Seasons: 2005, 2002

27
3 1
Stan White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stan White Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980

28
3 1
Mike Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Mike Johnson Seasons: 1995, 1994

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3 1
Angelo King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Angelo King Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

30
2 0
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Pepper Johnson Seasons: 1996

31
10 9
Josh Bynes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Josh Bynes Seasons: 2016, 2015

32
7 6
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Kyle Van Noy Seasons: 2016

33
5 4
Antonio London is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Antonio London Seasons: 1997, 1996

34
4 3
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Julian Peterson Seasons: 2010, 2009

35
4 3
Ryan Nece is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ryan Nece Seasons: 2008

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3 2
James Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
James Davis Seasons:  2005, 2004, 2003

37
3 2
Pat Swilling is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Pat Swilling Seasons: 1994, 1993

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2 1
Shelton Robinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Shelton Robinson Seasons: 1987, 1986

39
2 1
Roger Zatkoff is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Roger Zatkoff Seasons: 1958, 1957

40
1 0
LaVern Torgeson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
LaVern Torgeson Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951

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1 0
Jack Lininger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jack Lininger Seasons: 1950

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1 0
Wally Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Wally Hilgenberg Seasons: 1966, 1965

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1 1
Dennis Gaubatz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gaubatz Seasons: 1964, 1963

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1 1
August Curley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
August Curley Seasons: 1985

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1 1
Max Messner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Max Messner Seasons: 1963

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1 1
James Harrell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
James Harrell Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1982, 1979

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1 1
Sonny Gandee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Sonny Gandee Seasons: 1956

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1 1
Jim Laslavic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jim Laslavic Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

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1 1
Dick Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dick Flanagan Seasons: 1952, 1951

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1 1
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Vernon Maxwell Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985