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The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 2.9k votes 451 voters 11.8k views55 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.

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  • 26
    25
    16

    Antonio London

    Seasons: 1997, 1996

  • 27
    32
    29

    Seasons: 1997, 1996

  • 28
    30
    31

    Seasons: 2016

  • 29
    16
    12

    Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980

  • 30
    21
    19

    Seasons: 1994, 1993

  • 31
    13
    9

    Seasons: 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

  • 32
    16
    14

    Julian Peterson

    Seasons: 2010, 2009

  • 33
    13
    11

    Seasons: 1958, 1957

  • 34
    17
    18

    Seasons: 2008

  • 35
    12
    12

    Shelton Robinson

    Seasons: 1987, 1986

  • 36
    12
    13

    Seasons: 1995, 1994

  • 37
    14
    17

    Seasons:  2005, 2004, 2003

  • 38
    8
    10

    James Harrell

    Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1982, 1979

  • 39
    10
    12

    Sonny Gandee

    Seasons: 1956

  • 40
    10
    12

    Barrett Green

    Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001

  • 41
    11
    14

    Seasons: 1996

  • 42
    6
    8

    Bob Long

    Seasons: 1959, 1958

  • 43
    9
    12

    Seasons: 1966, 1965

  • 44
    7
    11

    August Curley

    Seasons: 1985

  • 45
    9
    15

    Angelo King

    Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

  • 46
    7
    11

    Seasons: 1954, 1953, 1952, 1951

  • 47
    6
    10

    Seasons: 1952, 1951

  • 48
    7
    12

    Vernon Maxwell

    Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985

  • 49
    6
    11

    Bill Schroll

    Seasons: 1950

  • 50
    6
    11

    Jack Lininger

    Seasons: 1950