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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53 16
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
49 15
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
30 13
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
18 3
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ed O'Neil

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

5
26 11
Stephen Boyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stephen Boyd

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

6
20 6
Ken Fantetti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ken Fantetti

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

7
33 18
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

8
17 4
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
18 5
Charlie Weaver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

10
31 17
Jarrad Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jarrad Davis

Seasons: 2018, 2017

11
20 8
George Jamison is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
George Jamison

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

12
16 5
Reggie Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1997, 1996

13
17 6
Paul Naumoff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

14
18 7
Dennis Gibson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gibson

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

15
31 19
Tahir Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tahir Whitehead

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

16
26 16
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

17
13 5
Jimmy Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

18
11 4
Tracy Scroggins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1992

19
17 10
Ernie Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

20
17 12
Boss Bailey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

21
7 2
Ernie Clark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

22
6 1
Tracy Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Hayworth

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991

23
6 3
Pat Swilling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1993

24
4 1
Roger Zatkoff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1958, 1957

25
11 9
Ashlee Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ashlee Palmer

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

26
10 8
Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

27
7 6
Donte Curry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Donte Curry

Seasons: 2005, 2002

28
5 4
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2010, 2009

29
3 2
Wally Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1966, 1965

30
3 2
Jim Laslavic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

31
2 1
Max Messner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Max Messner

Seasons: 1963

32
4 4
Stan White is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980

33
3 3
Mike Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1995, 1994

34
2 2
Shelton Robinson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Shelton Robinson

Seasons: 1987, 1986

35
2 2
Sonny Gandee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Sonny Gandee

Seasons: 1956

36
2 2
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1996

37
2 2
James Harrell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
James Harrell

Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1982, 1979

38
2 2
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Vernon Maxwell

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

39
2 2
LaVern Torgeson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951

40
5 6
Antonio London is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Antonio London

Seasons: 1997, 1996

41
4 5
Barrett Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Barrett Green

Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001

42
3 4
Angelo King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Angelo King

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

43
3 4
James Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2005, 2004, 2003

44
1 2
Dennis Gaubatz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gaubatz

Seasons: 1964, 1963

45
1 2
August Curley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
August Curley

Seasons: 1985

46
1 2
Dick Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1952, 1951

47
1 2
Jack Lininger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jack Lininger

Seasons: 1950

48
1 2
Bill Schroll is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Bill Schroll

Seasons: 1950

49
4 6
Ryan Nece is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008

50
11 14
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016