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The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time 

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Updated November 5, 2019 2k votes 372 voters 9k views 55 items

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.

list ordered by
1
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

2
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1953

3
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

4
Stephen Boyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stephen Boyd

Seasons: 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

5
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

6
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960

7
Tahir Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tahir Whitehead

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

8
Mike Cofer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

9
Jarrad Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jarrad Davis

Seasons: 2018, 2017

10
Charlie Weaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

11
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ed O'Neil

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

12
Paul Naumoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

13
George Jamison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
George Jamison

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

14
Tracy Scroggins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1992

15
Ken Fantetti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ken Fantetti

Seasons: 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979

16
Dennis Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gibson

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987

17
Reggie Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1997, 1996

18
Boss Bailey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

19
Ernie Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

20
Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

21
Jimmy Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983

22
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016

23
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
Pat Swilling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1993

25
Ernie Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964