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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1
67 20
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
54 16
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
38 18
Jarrad Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Jarrad Davis

Seasons: 2018, 2017

4
40 21
DeAndre Levy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

5
21 6
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ed O'Neil

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

6
30 14
Stephen Boyd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Stephen Boyd

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

7
32 16
Wayne Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
19 5
Reggie Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1997, 1996

9
20 6
Mike Cofer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

10
35 19
Tahir Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Tahir Whitehead

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

11
22 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
19 6
Charlie Weaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

13
20 7
Ken Fantetti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Ken Fantetti

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

14
30 16
Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

15
18 7
Dennis Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time
Dennis Gibson

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

16
17 7
Paul Naumoff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

17
12 4
Tracy Scroggins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1994, 1992

18
13 5
Jimmy Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

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

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
8 2
Ernie Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

21
19 13
Boss Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Lions Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

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

Seasons: 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999

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