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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37 10
Joe Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 1 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

2
38 12
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

3
29 13
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
24 10
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
28 15
Tahir Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tahir Whitehead

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

6
15 4
Charlie Weaver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

7
16 5
Ken Fantetti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ken Fantetti

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

8
17 6
Dennis Gibson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gibson

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

9
20 9
Stephen Boyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stephen Boyd

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

10
24 13
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

11
13 3
Mike Cofer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

12
26 15
Jarrad Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jarrad Davis

Seasons: 2018, 2017

13
14 4
Reggie Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1997, 1996

14
17 7
George Jamison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
George Jamison

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

15
17 7
Ernie Sims is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

16
13 4
Jimmy Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

17
14 5
Paul Naumoff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

18
9 1
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ed O'Neil

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

19
17 9
Boss Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

20
5 0
Tracy Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tracy Hayworth

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991

21
6 1
Ernie Clark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

22
7 3
Tracy Scroggins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1992

23
11 8
Ashlee Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ashlee Palmer

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

24
8 6
Chris Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

25
5 3
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2010, 2009

26
3 1
Roger Zatkoff is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1958, 1957

27
10 9
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016

28
6 5
Donte Curry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Donte Curry

Seasons: 2005, 2002

29
4 3
Pat Swilling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1993

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

Seasons: 1995, 1994

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

Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

32
2 1
LaVern Torgeson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951

33
2 1
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1996

34
5 5
Antonio London is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Antonio London

Seasons: 1997, 1996

35
15 16
Paul Worrilow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Paul Worrilow

Seasons: 2018, 2017

36
3 3
Angelo King is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Angelo King

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

37
3 3
James Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2005, 2004, 2003

38
2 2
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 2
Wally Hilgenberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1966, 1965

40
1 1
Max Messner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Max Messner

Seasons: 1963

41
1 1
Dennis Gaubatz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gaubatz

Seasons: 1964, 1963

42
1 1
August Curley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
August Curley

Seasons: 1985

43
1 1
Sonny Gandee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Sonny Gandee

Seasons: 1956

44
1 1
Vernon Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Vernon Maxwell

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

45
1 1
James Harrell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
James Harrell

Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1982, 1979

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

Seasons: 1952, 1951

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

Seasons: 1950

48
4 5
Ryan Nece is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008

49
3 4
Stan White is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980

50
0 1
Bob Long is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Bob Long

Seasons: 1959, 1958