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The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 2.9k votes 439 voters 11.5k 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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  • Chris Spielman1
    214
    59

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

  • Joe Schmidt2
    140
    29

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

  • DeAndre Levy3
    116
    46

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

  • Stephen Boyd4
    103
    36

    Stephen Boyd

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

  • Stephen Tulloch5
    81
    29

    Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

  • Wayne Walker6
    72
    24

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

  • Mike Cofer7
    53
    14

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

  • Paul Naumoff8
    47
    18

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

  • Tahir Whitehead9
    72
    43

    Tahir Whitehead

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Charlie Weaver10
    41
    15

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

  • Tracy Hayworth11
    33
    9

    Tracy Hayworth

    Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1991

  • Tracy Scroggins12
    33
    10

    Seasons: 1994, 1992

  • Ed O'Neil13
    46
    25

    Ed O'Neil

    Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

  • Ernie Clark14
    35
    14

    Seasons: 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

  • Ken Fantetti15
    36
    14

    Ken Fantetti

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

  • George Jamison16
    41
    20

    George Jamison

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

  • Reggie Brown17
    33
    13

    Seasons: 1997, 1996

  • Dennis Gibson18
    31
    14

    Dennis Gibson

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

  • Chris Claiborne19
    30
    15

    Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

  • Ernie Sims20
    37
    24

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • Jarrad Davis21
    67
    60

    Jarrad Davis

    Seasons: 2018, 2017

  • Boss Bailey22
    41
    32

    Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

  • Jimmy Williams23
    24
    11

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

  • Ashlee Palmer24
    30
    23

    Ashlee Palmer

    Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

  • Donte Curry25
    27
    19

    Donte Curry

    Seasons: 2005, 2002