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2007 Detroit Lions season
Detroit Lions
Year founded: 1930
Helmet Logo
City Detroit, Michigan
Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black
Head Coach Rod Marinelli
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
General manager Matt Millen
Fight song Gridiron Heroes
Mascot Roary
League/Conference affiliations

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Team history
  • Portsmouth Spartans (1930-1933)
  • Detroit Lions (1934)–present)
Championships
League Championships (4)
Conference Championships (4)
Division Championships (4)
Home fields

The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team [1], one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the National Football League (NFL) as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season. National Football Conference logo. ... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The NFC North refers to the Northern Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League that was created prior to the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. ... Portsmouth is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Scioto County. ... Throughout its history, the National Football League and other leagues have used several different formats to determine their league champion, including a period of interleague match-ups determining a true world champion. ... This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... The 1935 NFL season was the 16th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1952 NFL season was the 33rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1953 NFL season was the 34th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1957 NFL season was the 38th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1952 NFL season was the 33rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1953 NFL season was the 34th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1954 NFL season was the 35th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1957 NFL season was the 38th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1935 NFL season was the 16th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... Spartan Municipal Stadium, formerly known as Universal Stadium, is a stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio. ... University of Detroit Stadium was a stadium in Detroit, Michigan. ... Tiger Stadium with football configuration. ... A disputed record setting 93,173 fans in attendance for WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. ... Ford Field is an indoor football stadium located in Detroit, Michigan that is the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL. It is across the street from Comerica Park. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Detroit redirects here. ... Portsmouth is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Scioto County. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NFL redirects here. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Lions have won four pre-Super Bowl NFL Championships, the last in 1957, but have yet to qualify for the modern day Super Bowl. Since 1957, the team has only won a single playoff game, in 1991. This is a list of National Football League champions prior to the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship of the National Football League. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. ...

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Franchise history

For more details on this topic, see History of the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions began play as the Portsmouth Spartans for the 1929 season, drawing players from defunct independent professional and semi-pro teams in the local Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state area. They immediately made an impact by twice defeating the heralded Ironton Tanks, a nearby independent professional team who had regularly played NFL member teams since the early 1920s with considerable success.[2] The successful 1929 season behind them, the Spartans gained full NFL membership for the 1930 season, managing a respectable 5-6-3 in league contests, while the rival Tanks became yet another casualty of the Great Depression. // This article details the history of the Detroit Lions American Football Club. ...


Early highlights as the Portsmouth Spartans include the "iron man" game against Green Bay in 1932. In that game, Spartan coach Potsy Clark refused to make even a single substitution against the defending NFL champion Packers. Portsmouth won 19-0 and used only 11 players all game. Packers redirects here. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Also as the Portsmouth Spartans, the franchise played in an unscheduled NFL championship game against the Chicago Bears in 1932. The Spartans-Bears game was played because both teams ended the regular season with the same won-lost percentage (the Spartans finished at 6-1-4 while the Bears were 6-1-6; ties were not reckoned as part of the percentage in the NFL until 1972). Because of blizzard conditions in Chicago, the game was moved from Wrigley Field indoors to Chicago Stadium, which allowed for only an 80-yard field; some have called the contest the first arena football game. The Bears won, 9-0, and the resulting interest led to the establishment of Eastern and Western conferences and a regular championship game beginning in 1933. The 1932 NFL Playoff Game was the first ever playoff game held by the National Football League (NFL), the major professional American football sports league in the United States. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor sports arena in Chicago, Illinois. ... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... Year 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Despite great success on the field, poor revenues and the Great Depression threatened the Spartans' survival. In 1934, a group led by Detroit radio executive George Richards (owner of Detroit's powerful WJR) bought the Spartans and moved them to Detroit. Richards renamed the team the Lions, as a nod to the Detroit Tigers. He also said that the lion was the monarch of the jungle, and he intended for his team to be the monarch of the NFL. Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WJR is a radio station in Detroit, Michigan, United States. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42, Cobb Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Motor City Kitties, The Bengals, The Tigs, The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999...


Through Richards' radio connections, the Lions were able to play a Thanksgiving Day game in their first season in Detroit, a tradition continued to this day. NFL Thanksgiving 2006 logo. ...


Under quarterback Dutch Clark, Detroit won its first NFL championship in 1935. Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Earl Dutch Clark (October 11, 1906 - August 5, 1978) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ...


1950s

Primary Logo, 1952-1960.

Detroit enjoyed its greatest success in the 1950s. Led by quarterback Bobby Layne, they won the league championship in 1952, 1953, and 1957. They defeated the Cleveland Browns in each of those NFL Championship Games, but also lost to the Browns in the 1954 Championship Game. Image File history File links Lions-logo-52-60. ... Image File history File links Lions-logo-52-60. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Browns redirects here. ...


In 1958, after he had led the Lions to three NFL Championships and provided Detroit nearly a decade of Hall of Fame play, the Lions traded Bobby Layne. Bobby was injured during the last championship season, and the Lions thought he was through and wanted to get what they could for him. According to legend, as he was leaving for Pittsburgh, Bobby said that Detroit "would not win for 50 years." Since this time, the Lions have not won another championship and have only a single playoff game win. Some have attributed the Lions' subsequent 49 years of futility to the "Curse of Bobby Layne."


Notably, the Lions succeeded in one of the greatest comeback victories in NFL postseason history. Trailing the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 in the 3rd quarter of the 1957 Western Conference Playoff game, Lions quarterback Tobin Rote rallied the team back with 24 unanswered points to beat the 49ers 31-27 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The following week, Rote led the Lions to a decisive win over the Browns for the 1957 title. The Lions have only one playoff win since then. City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Tobin Rote (January 18, 1928 - June 27, 2000) was an American college and professional football player who played quarterback for the NFLs Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts, and the American Football Leagues San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. ... Kezar Stadium is a stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. ...

Primary logo, 1961-1969.

On January 7, 1961, the Lions defeated the Browns 17-16 in the first-ever Playoff Bowl matching the runners-up from the two conferences into which the NFL was divided at the time (the Lions also appeared in the game in both of the next two years pursuant to their having finished second to the Green Bay Packers in the Western Conference in all three seasons; the Playoff Bowl was abolished in 1970 when the merger of the NFL and AFL went into full effect). Image File history File links Lions-logo-61-69. ... Image File history File links Lions-logo-61-69. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Playoff Bowl was the colloquial name for a post-season game for third place in the NFL, played following the 1960-1969 seasons. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ...


In the mid-1960s, the Lions served as the backdrop for the sports literature of George Plimpton, who spent time in the Lions training camp masquerading as a player. This was the basic material for his book Paper Lion, later made into a movie. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... George Ames Plimpton (March 18, 1927 – September 25, 2003) was an American journalist, writer, editor, and actor. ... For other uses, see Book (disambiguation). ... Paper Lion is a famous non-fiction book by prominent American writer George Plimpton. ... This article is about motion pictures. ...


In 1964, William Clay Ford, Sr. purchased a controlling interest in the team for $4.5 million. This began a 43-year period that continues today, during which the Lions have won just one playoff game. William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four grandchildren of Henry Ford and a child of Edsel Ford. ...


1970s-80s

Tiger Stadium with football configuration.
Tiger Stadium with football configuration.

Motown soul singer Marvin Gaye made plans, after the death of duet partner Tammi Terrell, to join the Lions and go into football. He gained weight and trained for his tryout in 1970, but was cut early on. He remained friends with a number of the players, particularly Mel Farr and Lem Barney, who appear as background vocalists on his 1971 classic single "What's Going On." Image File history File links Lions_in_tiger_stadium. ... Image File history File links Lions_in_tiger_stadium. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Tammi Terrell (born Thomasina Montgomery) (April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American Motown singer in the 1960s, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye. ... Melvin Farr (born November 3, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas) is a former American football player. ... Lemuel Jackson Barney (Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Whats Going On is a song written by Renaldo Obie Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye. ...


On Thanksgiving day, November 28, 1974, after over 35 years, the Lions played their final game in Tiger Stadium, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 31-27 in front of 51,157, amidst snow flurries and a 21 point Broncos 3rd quarter. The football field ran mostly in the outfield from the right field line to left center field parallel with the third base line. The benches for both the Lions and their opponents were on the outfield side of the field. The Lions have played their home games indoors ever since. Tiger Stadium with football configuration. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


The Lions made the playoffs only once in the '70s, losing a defensive struggle to the Dallas Cowboys, 5-0, in 1970. The team went through a string of average seasons, finishing 2nd or 3rd in the division in every season from 1970 through 1978. Finally, in 1979, the team finished with a 2-14 record, and thus earned the first pick in the following draft. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ...


In 1980, the Lions drafted running back Billy Sims with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Lions made the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, winning the division in the latter season. However, Sims suffered a career-ending knee injury in 1984, and the team would not finish with a record above .500 for the rest of the decade. Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back. ...


1990s

Lions logo (1970-2002).
Lions logo (1970-2002).
Barry Sanders in action.

The 1990s were "The Barry Sanders Show" in Detroit. During his first season after being drafted in 1989, Sanders missed the NFL rushing title by 10 yards because he chose not to go back into the game when the Lions already had the game won. According to Wayne Fontes, when he offered Sanders the chance to gain the yardage and the rushing title, Sanders declined, reportedly saying, "Coach, let's just win it (the game) and go home.[3]" Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Sanders_Barry_stride. ... Image File history File links Sanders_Barry_stride. ... Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968)) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Sanders is best known for being among the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the...


In 1991, the Lions started the season by being shut out on national television, 45-0, by the Washington Redskins. The Lions then rebounded, winning their next 4 games. They went 12-4 for the season, They won their first division title in eight years, capping the regular season with a win over the then-defending AFC Champion Buffalo Bills. They were inspired late in the season by the loss of guard Mike Utley, who sustained a career-ending paralysis injury against the Los Angeles Rams on November 17, 1991. As Utley was carted off the field in that game he flashed a "thumbs up" to his teammates and the Silverdome crowd. It became a rallying symbol for the remainder of the season. The NFL playoffs following the 1991 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVI. // Wild Card playoffs December 28, 1991 AFC: Kansas City Chiefs 10, Los Angeles Raiders 6 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Michael Mike Utley (b. ... City St. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... A disputed record setting 93,173 fans in attendance for WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. ...


In the playoffs, the Lions got their only postseason victory since 1957, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-6 at the Silverdome. They lost to the Redskins in the NFC Championship Game, 41-10. This was the first time a team that had been shut out in its opener had reached the conference title round. Two teams have since matched this feat: The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots did it in 2003. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... NFC Championship Game is an American football game played every year to determine the champion of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Lions also made the playoffs in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999, making the 1990s one of the most successful decades in team history. In 1993, they went 10-6, first in the NFC Central Division, but lost to the Green Bay Packers. In 1994 they lost to the Packers in the playoffs again. In 1995 they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, in embarrassing fashion, 58-37 (entering the fourth quarter, they were down 51-21). In 1997, Detroit lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round. In 1999, The Lions closed out the decade reaching the playoffs for the sixth time in a ten-year span, which is a franchise record for playoff appearances during a decade. However, they lost yet again in the first round, this time to the Washington Redskins. Detroit's 1999 playoff berth also marked the second time in Bobby Ross's first three years as head coach that he led the Lions into the post season. The last Lions' head coach to accomplish that feat was Buddy Parker, in 1952-53 during his second and third seasons at the helm. The NFL playoffs following the 1993 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVIII. // at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... The NFL playoffs following the 1995 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXX. // at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game time: 12:30 p. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. // at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Game time: 12:30 p. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1999 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIV. // at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee Game time: 12:30 p. ... Packers redirects here. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Black, Pewter, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... Robert Joseph Ross (December 23, 1936, Richmond, Virginia) is the current head coach of the United States Military Academy football team. ... Raymond Buddy Parker (died March 22, 1982) is a former football player and coach in the National Football League who served as head coach for three teams: the Chicago Cardinals, the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers. ...


In 1997, Barry Sanders ran for 2,053 rushing yards. Sanders was one of the greatest running backs ever to play in the NFL. At the time, his career total rushing 15,269 yards was second only to Walter Payton's 16,726 yards and he joined Jim Brown as the only players among the NFL's 50 all-time rushing leaders to average 5 yards a carry, so when he retired abruptly after the 1998 season, his absence left a hole in the roster that may never be filled. Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968)) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Sanders is best known for being among the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the... Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968)) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Sanders is best known for being among the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football player, who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Jahwon is smart cute likes football and is good For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ...


2000s

Lions logo since 2003.

After finishing the 2000-2001 season at 9-7, and missing the playoffs by a field goal in the season's last game, Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr. hired Matt Millen, a former player and broadcaster, as president and CEO of football operations. Millen had no business running a football operation. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four grandchildren of Henry Ford and a child of Edsel Ford. ... Matthew George Millen (born March 12, 1958 in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania) Punisher was here Prior to assuming leadership of the Detroit Lions in 2001, Millen was a professional football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins of the NFL. In Millens 12-year NFL...


Ever since Millen's hiring, the team has had considerable difficulty remaining competitive. The Lions went the entire 2001, 2002, and 2003 seasons without a road victory, thus becoming the only team in NFL history not to win on the road for three consecutive entire seasons. The streak, encompassing 24 games (also an NFL record) came to an end on September 12, 2004, when the Lions defeated the Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Soldier Field (formerly Municipal Grant Park Stadium) is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ...


Millen has also received tremendous criticism for his draft failures. Three in particular stand out: quarterback Joey Harrington, chosen third overall in the 2002 draft, was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional late-round draft pick after four unremarkable seasons in Detroit; wide receiver Charles Rogers, a caution on many pre-draft reports for his fragile physique, was nonetheless chosen second overall in the 2003 draft, and played sparingly in his three injury-plagued seasons before being cut before the first game of the 2006 season; Millen's sixth first-round draft pick, Mike Williams (10th overall - 2005 draft), caught just 8 passes in eight games with the team before being traded along with Josh McCown for a 4th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. John Joseph Joey Harrington Jr (born October 21, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... Charlie Rogers (born May 23, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan) is an American football wide receiver, currently a free agent in the NFL. He was originally selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Michigan State University. ... For the offensive lineman, see Mike Williams (offensive lineman). ...


Over the period of Millen's leadership as team CEO, the Detroit Lions own the NFL's worst winning percentage (25-72, .258). Despite the team's poor record under Millen's leadership and widespread discontent among fans, the media, and even some players, Millen received a five-year contract extension at the start of the 2005 season. Ernie Sims arrived and the Lions returned dominate football.


In addition to chanting "Fire Millen!" during Lions' games, some disgruntled Detroit fans have turned to actually rooting against their team at home games, desperately hoping that increased losses will hasten his firing. Fire Millen is the rallying cry of disgruntled Detroit fans displeased with the performance of Detroit Lions General Manager Matt Millen, whose record from 2001-05 is the worst in the National Football League. ...


On December 9, 2005, one group of Lions fans, known as "The Lions Fanatics," organized an "orange out" event, which encouraged Lions fans to show up at Detroit's Ford Field clad in orange, the color of their opponent that week, the Cincinnati Bengals. That same day, Detroit sports talk radio station WDFN organized a "Millen Man March" in protest of Millen's contract extension. WDFN is a sports-talk radio station in the Detroit market. ...


On December 24, 2006 another group of fans planned a walkout protest towards the end of the first half in the game against Chicago, to express their disgust with Millen. However, only around 100 fans participated in this protest, as the Lions fell to the Bears 26-21.


Logo and uniforms

Illustrated history of Lions uniforms.

Aside from a brief change to maroon in 1948 instituted by then head coach Bo McMillin (influenced by his years as coach at Indiana), the Lions uniforms have basically remained the same since the team debuted in 1930. The design consists of silver helmets, silver pants, and either blue or white jerseys. Image File history File linksMetadata Lions-uniform-history. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Lions-uniform-history. ... Alvin Bo McMillin (January 12, 1895 - March 31, 1952) was a Hall-of-Fame college football player, and later successful head coach, who served at both the collegiate and professional levels but who achieved his greatest success at the college level. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ...

1969 50th Anniversary Uniforms.

The blue Leaping Lion logo debuted in 1960. There have also been minor changes to the uniform design throughout the years, such as changing the silver stripe patterns on the jersey sleeves, and changing the colors of the jersey numbers. White trim was added to the logo in 1970. In 1998, the team wore blue pants with their white jerseys along with grey socks but dumped that combination after the season. In 1999, the 'TV numbers' on the sleeves were moved to the shoulders. Image File history File links Lions-uniforms-1969. ... Image File history File links Lions-uniforms-1969. ...


The shade of blue used for Lions uniforms and logos is officially known as "Honolulu blue," which is supposedly inspired by the color of the waves off the coast of Hawaii. The shade was chosen by Cy Huston, the Lions first vice president and general manager, and of the choice, he said: "They had me looking at so many blues I am blue in the face," Huston said about the selection. "But anyway, it's the kind of blue, I am told, that will match with silver."[4]


In 1994, every NFL team wore 'throwback' jerseys, and the Lions' were similar to the jerseys used during their 1935 championship season. The helmets and pants were solid silver, the jerseys Honolulu blue with silver numbers and the jersey did not have 'TV numbers' on the sleeves. The team wore solid blue socks along with black shoes. The helmets also did not have a logo as helmets were simple leather back then.


The Lions also wore '50s-style jerseys during their traditional Thanksgiving Day games from 2001 to 2004 as the NFL encouraged teams to wear throwback jerseys on Thanksgiving Day.


In 2003, the team added black trim to their logo and the jerseys. The facemasks on the helmet changed from blue to black with the introduction of the new color. Additionally, an alternate home field jersey which makes black the dominant color (in place of Honolulu Blue) was introduced in 2005.

Current Uniform
Home Uniform (2003-present)
Road Uniform (2003-present)
Alt. Uniform (2005-present)

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Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Portsmouth Spartans
1930 5 6 3 8th NFL The NFL did not hold playoff games until 1932
1931 11 3 0 2nd NFL
1932 6 2 4 3rd NFL #
1933 6 5 0 2nd NFL West --
Detroit Lions
1934 10 3 0 2nd NFL West --
1935 7 3 2 1st NFL West Won NFL Championship (Giants) 26-7
1936 8 4 0 3rd NFL West --
1937 7 4 0 T-2nd NFL West --
1938 7 4 0 2nd NFL West --
1939 6 5 0 3rd NFL West --
1940 5 5 1 3rd NFL West --
1941 4 6 1 3rd NFL West -
1942 0 11 0 5th NFL West --
1943 3 6 1 3rd NFL West --
1944 6 3 1 T-2nd NFL West --
1945 7 3 0 2nd NFL West --
1946 1 10 0 5th NFL West --
1947 3 9 0 5th NFL West --
1948 2 10 0 5th NFL West --
1949 4 8 0 4th NFL West --
1950 6 6 0 4th NFL NFC --
1951 7 4 1 T-2nd NFL NFC --
1952 9 3 0 1st NFL NFC Won National Conference Playoff (L.A. Rams) 31-21
Won NFL Championship (Browns) 17-7
1953 10 2 0 1st NFL West Won NFL Championship (Browns) 17-16
1954 9 2 1 1st NFL West Lost NFL Championship (Browns) 56-10
1955 3 9 0 6th NFL West --
1956 9 3 0 2nd NFL West --
1957 8 4 0 1st NFL West Won Western Conference Playoff (49ers) 31-27
Won NFL Championship (Browns) 59-14
1958 4 7 1 5th NFL West --
1959 3 8 1 5th NFL West --
1960 7 5 0 T-2nd NFL West --
1961 8 5 1 2nd NFL West --
1962 11 3 0 2nd NFL West --
1963 5 8 1 T-4th NFL West --
1964 7 5 2 4th NFL West --
1965 6 7 1 6th NFL West --
1966 4 9 1 T-6th NFL West --
1967 5 7 2 3rd NFL Central --
1968 4 8 2 4th NFL Central --
1969 9 4 1 2nd NFL Central --
1970 10 4 0 2nd NFC Central Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 5-0
1971 7 6 1 2nd NFC Central --
1972 8 5 1 2nd NFC Central --
1973 6 7 1 2nd NFC Central --
1974 7 7 0 2nd NFC Central --
1975 7 7 0 2nd NFC Central --
1976 6 8 0 3rd NFC Central --
1977 6 8 0 3rd NFC Central --
1978 7 9 0 3rd NFC Central --
1979 2 14 0 5th NFC Central --
1980 9 7 0 2nd NFC Central --
1981 8 8 0 2nd NFC Central --
1982 4 5 0 8th NFC Conf.+ Lost First Round (Redskins) 31-7
1983 9 7 0 1st NFC Central Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 24-23
1984 4 11 1 4th NFC Central --
1985 7 9 0 4th NFC Central --
1986 5 11 0 3rd NFC Central --
1987 4 11 0 5th NFC Central --
1988 4 12 0 4th NFC Central --
1989 7 9 0 3rd NFC Central --
1990 6 10 0 3rd NFC Central --
1991 12 4 0 1st NFC Central Won Divisional Playoffs (Cowboys) 38-6
Lost Conference Championship (Redskins) 41-10
1992 5 11 0 5th NFC Central --
1993 10 6 0 1st NFC Central Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 28-24
1994 9 7 0 3rd NFC Central Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Packers) 16-12
1995 10 6 0 2nd NFC Central Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 58-37
1996 5 11 0 5th NFC Central --
1997 9 7 0 3rd NFC Central Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Buccaneers) 20-10
1998 5 11 0 4th NFC Central --
1999 8 8 0 3rd NFC Central Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 27-13
2000 9 7 0 4th NFC Central --
2001 2 14 0 5th NFC Central --
2002 3 13 0 4th NFC North --
2003 5 11 0 4th NFC North --
2004 6 10 0 3rd NFC North --
2005 5 11 0 3rd NFC North --
2006 3 13 0 4th NFC North --
2007 6 6 0 --
Totals 481 546 32 (1930-2006, regular season)
7 10 0 (1930-2006, playoffs)
488 556 32 (all games, 1930-2006, including playoffs)

* = Current Standing This article is about the current National Football League team. ... City St. ... Browns redirects here. ... Browns redirects here. ... Browns redirects here. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Browns redirects here. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1970 NFL season led up to Super Bowl V. This was the first playoff tournament after the AFL-NFL Merger. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII. A players strike reduced the regular season to nine games. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The NFL playoffs following the 1983 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVIII. Due to Christmas, the two wild card playoff games were played in a span of three days. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... The NFL playoffs following the 1991 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVI. // Wild Card playoffs December 28, 1991 AFC: Kansas City Chiefs 10, Los Angeles Raiders 6 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... The NFL playoffs following the 1991 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVI. // Wild Card playoffs December 28, 1991 AFC: Kansas City Chiefs 10, Los Angeles Raiders 6 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The NFL playoffs following the 1993 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVIII. // at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game time: 12:30 p. ... Packers redirects here. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... Packers redirects here. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1995 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXX. // at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. // at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Game time: 12:30 p. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Black, Pewter, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... The NFL playoffs following the 1999 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIV. // at Adelphia Coliseum, Nashville, Tennessee Game time: 12:30 p. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The 2006 Detroit Lions season began with the team trying to improve on their 5-11 record in 2005. ... The 2007 Detroit Lions season will be the 78th season for the team in the National Football League. ...


+ = Due to a strike-shortened season in 1982, all teams were ranked by conference instead of division.


#=The result of the 1932 NFL Playoff Game to determine the NFL champion between the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans counted in the standings. The 1932 NFL Playoff Game was the first ever playoff game held by the National Football League (NFL), the major professional American football sports league in the United States. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football...


Players of note

Main article: List of Detroit Lions players

This is a list of players, both past and present, who appeared at least in one game for the Detroit Lions. ...

Current roster

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs Jon Kitna (born September 21, 1972 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American football player at the quarterback position in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions. ... John Thomas OSullivan (born August 25, 1979 in Burbank, California) is an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and is currently on the Detroit Lions roster. ... Dan Orlovsky (born August 18, 1983 in Shelton, Connecticut) is a quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ...

Wide Receivers Tatum Antoine Bell (born March 2, 1981 in Dallas, Texas) is an NFL running back with the Detroit Lions. ... Jon Bradley (born January 13, 1981) is an American football player who currently plays for the Detroit Lions. ... Aveion Marquel Cason (born July 12, 1979 in St. ... Todd Jeffery Duckett (born February 17, 1981) is an American football running back who currently plays for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. He is known almost exclusively as T.J. Duckett. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... Kevin Jones (born August 21, 1982 in Chester, Pennsylvania) is a football player for the Detroit Lions. ...

Tight Ends Michael Thomas Furrey (born May 12, 1977 in Grove City, Ohio) is a National Football League wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. ... Calvin Johnson (born September 25, 1985 in Tyrone, Georgia) is a professional American football player who was drafted by the Detroit Lions. ... Shaun Terrence McDonald (born June 30, 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American football wide receiver for the St. ... Brandon Anthony Middleton (born January 2, 1981 in Houston, Texas) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a practice squad player for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Troy Walters is a wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Roy Eugene Williams, Jr. ...

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen Sean McHugh (born May 27, 1982) is an American football player. ... John Wesley Owens (born January 10, 1980 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Jeffrey Carl Backus (born September 21, 1977 in Midland, Michigan) is an offensive tackle in the National Football League. ... George Foster (born June 9, 1980 in Macon, Georgia) is an American football player. ... Edwin Mulitalo (born September 1, 1974) is an American football player. ... Stephen Frederick Peterman (born January 11, 1982 in Gulfport, Mississippi) is an American football guard for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was selected with the 20th pick of the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University. ... Dominic Raiola (born December 30, 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American football center with the Detroit Lions. ... Manuel Manny Ramírez (born on February 19, 1983 in Houston, Texas) is a football player who played for Texas Tech. ... Blaine Saipaia (born August 25, 1978) is an American football offensive guard for the Detroit Lions. ... Barry Stokes is currently playing offensive guard for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League. ... Damien Woody is an all-pro NFL center who before playing with the Detroit Lions played with the New England Patriots. ...

Linebackers

Defensive Backs Ikaika Alama-Francis is a defensive end for the Detroit Lions. ... Shaun Cody (born January 22, 1983 in Hacienda Heights, California) is a football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He was selected with the fifth pick of the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California, where he played with current... Jared DeVries (born June 11, 1976 in Aplington, Iowa) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Detroit Lions. ... Kalimba Edwards (born December 26, 1979 in ATLANTA, Georgia) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Detroit Lions. ... Langston Moore (born July 17, 1981) is an American football player. ... Cory Redding (born November 15, 1980 in Houston, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Detroit Lions. ... Shaun Rogers (born March 12, 1979 in Houston, Texas), nicknamed Big Baby, is an NFL defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions. ... Corey Dominique Smith (born on November 2, 1979 in Richmond, Virginia) is a linebacker in the NFL. He played college football at North Carolina State University. ... Dewayne White (born October 19, 1979 in Marbury, Alabama) is a professional football player for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Rodney Boss Bailey (born October 14, 1979 in Folkston, Georgia, U.S.A.) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He was selected with a second round (34th overall) pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions out of the University of Georgia. ... Anthony Cannon is an American football linebacker who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the last round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ... Teddy Lehman (born November 18, 1981) is an NFL linebacker with the Detroit Lions. ... Paris Michael Lenon (born November 26, 1977 in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He attended the University of Richmond. ... Alex Lewis (born June 11, 1981 in Delran, New Jersey) is an American football linebacker who currently plays for the Detroit Lions after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. ... Ernie Sims III (born December 23, 1984 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American football player for the Detroit Lions, who played outside linebacker for the Florida State University Seminoles. ...

Special Teams Gerald Alexander is an safety for the Detroit Lions. ... Tony Beckham (born October 1, 1978 in Gainesville, Florida) is a cornerback on the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He played for the Tennessee Titans from 2002-2005. ... Gregory R. Blue (born March 12, 1982 in (Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football safety for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Fernando Antoneyo Bryant (born March 26, 1977 in Albany, Georgia) is an American football cornerback currently playing for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ... Dovonte Edwards (born October 17, 1982), sometimes referred to as Devonte, is an American football cornerback. ... Travis Lamar Fisher(Born:September 12, 1979) is a National Football League defensive back for the Saint Louis Rams. ... Kenoy Kennedy (born November 15, 1977 in Dallas, Texas) is a strong safety for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ... Ramzee Robinson (born February 20, 1984) is an American football cornerback who was drafted with the 255th and final pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, earning the title of the 32nd Mr. ... Keith Smith (born March 20, 1980 in Leesville, Louisiana) is an American football player, currently playing cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. He was selected by the Lions with a third-round draft pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of McNeese State University. ...

Reserve lists

Practice Squad Jason Douglas Thunderfoot Hanson (born June 17, 1970 in Spokane, Washington) is an American football placekicker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Nick Harris (born July 23, 1978) is an American football punter currently playing for the Detroit Lions. ... Don Muhlbach(Born:August 17,1981) is an National Football League longsnapper for the Detroit Lions. ... Idrees Bashir (born December 7th, 1978 in Decatur, GA) is an American football player who plays for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Daniel Bullocks is a current American Football safety for the Detroit Lions. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Brian Calhoun (born May 8, 1984, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Daniel Allen Campbell (born April 13, 1976 in Clifton, Texas) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. As a senior at Texas A&M University in 1998, Campbell shared tight end duties with Derrick Spiller, starting at the B slot against Colorado and Oklahoma... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Frank Davis (born August 22, 1981 in New York, New York) is an American football offensive guard in the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... John Deraney (born September 5, 1983 in Fayetteville, Georgia) is an American football punter for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Devale Ellis, (born April 02, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... LaMarcus Hicks (born April 15, 1983 in Clarksdale, Mississippi) is an American football safety and cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Etric Pruitt (born August 16, 1981) is an American football player currently for the Detroit Lions. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Matthew Nathaniel Rice (born February 12, 1982) is an American football player, best known for playing the defensive end position. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Jonathan Scott (born January 10, 1983 in Dallas, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays tackle for the NFL Detroit Lions. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Drew Emeric Stanton (born May 7, 1984) is a National Football League quarterback (QB) for the Detroit Lions. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Stanley Wilson (born November 5, 1982) is a National Football League cornerback for the Detroit Lions. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ...


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Reginald Lewis Ball (born October 6, 1984) was an American football quarterback for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket football team. ... Ron Bellamy (born December 28, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a practice squad player for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Patrick Body is a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings. ... James Buster Davis (born October 20, 1983) is a former linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Jon Dunn (born December 12, 1981) is an American football offensive tackle. ... Clark Harris catches a touchdown on November 20, 2004 in a game against Navy. ... Benjamin Richard Noll (born November 14, 1981 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American football guard who is a practice squad player for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Salomon Solano (born September 19, 1985 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico) is an American football defensive tackle who is an international practice squad player for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


More rosters The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team rosters: // Categories: | | ...

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Lemuel Jackson Barney (Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. ... Lou Creekmur(Born:January 22,1927,in Hopelawn,New Jersey) was a National Football League star offensive tackle/guard for theDetroit Lionsfrom 1951-59. ... Jack Leroy Christiansen (December 20, 1928 - June 29, 1986) was a football player and coach who put together an eight-year Hall of Fame playing career with Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ... Earl Dutch Clark (October 11, 1906 - August 5, 1978) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ... Bill Bullet Dudley (born December 24, 1921 ) is a former NFL Hall of Famer who played with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, and the Detroit Lions. ... Frank Gatski (March 13, 1922 in Farmington, West Virginia - died November 21, 2005) was an American football player. ... John Henry Johnson (born November 24, 1929 in Waterproof, Louisiana) was an American football player. ... Richard Dick Lane (April 16, 1928 – January 29, 2002), nicknamed Night Train, was an American football player, best known as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions. ... Robert Yale Lary (born November 24, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas) was a football player. ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ... Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968)) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Sanders is best known for being among the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the... Charles Alvin Sanders (born August 25, 1946, Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former American football player who played tight end for the Detroit Lions from 1968-77. ... Joe Schmidt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. ... Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz (born August 12, 1915, South River, New Jersey, died July 13, 1992) was a former American Football Offensive lineman who played for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. ...

Retired numbers

  • Dutch Clark (7)
  • Barry Sanders (20)
    • Note: The #20 was retired specifically for Sanders, even though the retired number was also worn by RB Billy Sims and DB Lem Barney, both of whom are also among the top all-time Lions at their positions.
  • Bobby Layne (22)
  • Doak Walker (37)
  • Joe Schmidt (56)
    • Note: The #56 was unretired with Schmidt's blessing when the Lions acquired linebacker Pat Swilling from the Saints. No player has worn it since Swilling left.
  • Chuck Hughes (85)
    • Note: Hughes died of a heart attack during a game on October 24, 1971, and his #85 was withdrawn from circulation. However, WR Kevin Johnson wore #85 during his stint in Detroit after asking permission from the Hughes family as he had worn that number throughout his professional career.

Earl Dutch Clark (October 11, 1906 - August 5, 1978) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ... Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968)) is a Hall of Fame and Heisman Trophy winning American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Sanders is best known for being among the most prolific running backs in NFL history, and left the... Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back. ... Lemuel Jackson Barney (Born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport, Mississippi) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the Detroit Lions. ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ... Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. ... Joe Schmidt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Born 1964 Former New Orleans Saints linebacker who turned his popularity as a versatile, speedy pass rusher into a seat in the Louisiana state legislature. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ...

Lions Legends

The Lions have a special "program" called Lions Legends that honors noteworthy former players. The current list of legends includes not only the hall of famers listed above, but also the following players, who according to the Lions, "...Created special moments and added to the lore of football in the Motor City."[5]:

Charley Ane (born January 25, 1935) was an offensive lineman in the NFL. [edit] College Career He played college football at the University of Southern California. ... Al Bubba Baker (born December 9, 1956) was a defensive lineman in the NFL. He went to three Pro Bowls during his career. ... Jerome Lee Ball (born December 15, 1964 in Beaumont, Texas) is a former professional American football defensive lineman in the NFL. During his career he went to three Pro Bowls. ... Terry Barr was a wide receiver in the NFL. For his whole career, he played for the Detroit Lions. ... Les Bingaman (born February 3, 1926 in McKenzie, Tennessee) was a defensive lineman in the NFL. Bingaman played seven seasons with the Detroit Lions, starting in 1948. ... Cloyce Box (August 24, 1923 - October 27, 1993) was a former tight end and quarterback who played for five seasons with the Detroit Lions in the early 1950s. ... Lomas Brown Jr. ... Dexter Manley Bussey (born March 11, 1952 in Dallas, Texas) is a former American football Running Back for the Detroit Lions (1974-1984). ... Gail Ross Cogdill (born April 7, 1937 in Worland, Wyoming) is a former American football Wide Receiver for the Detroit Lions (1958-1968), Baltimore Colts (1968), and Atlanta Falcons (1969-1970) He attended Washington State. ... James Theodoric (Hatchet, Rebel) David (born December 2, 1927 in Florence, South Carolina) is a former American football Defensive Back for the Detroit Lions (1952-1959). ... Keith Dorney (born December 3, 1957 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a former offensive lineman for the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions. ... Doug English (born August 25, 1953 in Dallas, Texas) is a former American football Defensive Tackle for the Detroit Lions (1975-1985). ... Jim Gibbons (born September 26, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football Tight End for the Detroit Lions (1958-1968). ... Kevin Glover (born June 17, 1963 in Washington, D.C.) is a former American football Center for the Detroit Lions (1985-1997), and Seattle Seahawks (1998-1999) He attended University of Maryland. ... Mel Gray (born March 16, 1961) was a kick returner in the NFL. He played with the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions, Houston Oilers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Robert Hunchy Hoernschemeyer (born September 25, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former American football Running Back for the Chicago Rockets (1946-47), Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC) (1947-1948), Chicago Hornets (1949), Detroit Lions (1950-1955). ... Alexander George Karras (born July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana), is a former football player, professional wrestler, and actor who is best known for playing with the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions from 1958-1962 and 1964-1971. ... Gregory Paul Landry (born December 18, 1946 in Nashua, New Hampshire) is a former American football player and coach who played quarterback in the National Football League from 1968 to 1981 and again in 1984. ... Richard Dick LeBeau is a former football player and is presently the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator. ... Mike Lucci (born 1939) was a National Football League player for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions from 1962 to 1973. ... Darris McCord (born January 4, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American football Defensive End for the Detroit Lions (1955-1967). ... Herman Moore (born October 20, 1969 in Danville, Virginia) is an former American NFL wide receiver. ... Edward Peter Eddie Murray (born August 29, 1956 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a retired American football kicker. ... Brett Perriman (born October 10, 1965 in Miami, Florida) is a former American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints (1988-1990), the Detroit Lions (1991-1996), the Kansas City Chiefs (1997), and the Miami Dolphins (1997). ... Tobin Rote (January 18, 1928 - June 27, 2000) was an American college and professional football player who played quarterback for the NFLs Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts, and the American Football Leagues San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. ... Charles Alvin Sanders (born August 25, 1946, Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former American football player who played tight end for the Detroit Lions from 1968-77. ... Harley Sewell (born April 18, 1931 in St. ... Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in Missouri) is a former American NFL Pro Bowl, and college, football running back. ... Chris Spielman Chris Spielman (born October 11, 1965) is a former football player and is currently an analyst for ESPNs coverage of college football games. ... Wayne Harrison Walker (born September 30, 1936 in Boise, Idaho) is a former professional football player and sports broadcaster. ...

Other notable alumni

Eric Andolsek (August 22, 1966--June 23, 1992) was an offensive lineman with college footballs LSU Tigers and the NFLs Detroit Lions, who died in a freak accident at the age of 25. ... Charles DDonte Batch (born December 5, 1974 in Homestead, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb) is a veteran NFL football quarterback. ... Donald André Bly (born May 22, 1977 in Chesapeake, Virginia), better known as Dré Bly, is an American football player. ... Roger A. Brown (born May 22, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former professional basketball player. ... Jeffrey Jeff Allan Chadwick (born December 16, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former American professional football player. ... Michael Cofer (born April 7, 1960 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a former American Football linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions in a ten year career that lasted from 1983 to 1992 in the National Football League. ... Harry Colon (born February 14, 1969 in Kansas City, Kansas) is a former National Football League defensive back. ... Chip Cox (b. ... Gary Dennis Danielson (born September 10, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional American football quarterback. ... Luther Ellis (born May 22, 1973) was an American football player. ... Melvin Farr (born November 3, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas) is a former American football player. ... Rockne Crowningburg Rocky Freitas (born 1945) is a former American Football offensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a eleven year career that lasted from 1968 to 1978 in the National Football League. ... John Gordy (born 1935) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the Detroit Lions in an eleven year career that lasted from 1957 to 1967 in the National Football League. ... Larry Thomas Hand (born July 10, 1940) is a former American Football defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions in a fourteen year career that lasted from 1965 to 1977 in the National Football League. ... David Hill (born January 1, 1954 in San Antonio, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for twelve seasons for the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. ... Robert Kowalkowski (born 1943) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers in a twelve year career that lasted from 1966 to 1977 in the National Football League. ... Erik Kramer, born November 6, 1964 in Encino, California, is a former American football quarterback. ... Chuck Long (Born:1963) is a former NFL quarterback who played for the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams. ... William Scott Mitchell (born January 2, 1968 in Salt Lake City, Utah) was a professional football player who was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 4th round of the 1990 NFL Draft. ... Earl Edwin Morrall (born May 17, 1934, in Muskegon, Michigan) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. ... Johnnie James Morton (born October 7, 1971 in Torrance, California) is a wide receiver in the NFL. He is currently a free agent after being released by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006. ... Paul Naumoff (born 1945) is a former American Football linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions in a twelve year career that lasted from 1967 to 1978 in the National Football League. ... Rodney Peete (born March 16, 1966 in Mesa, Arizona) was an American Football quarterback from the University of Southern California. ... Brett Perriman (born October 10, 1965 in Miami, Florida) is a former American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints (1988-1990), the Detroit Lions (1991-1996), the Kansas City Chiefs (1997), and the Miami Dolphins (1997). ... Milton Ross Plum (b. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Robert Porcher (born July 30, 1969) was an American football player. ... Glenn Presnell (July 28, 1905 - September 13, 2004) was an football player. ... Altie Taylor (born September 29, 1947, in July 26, 1941) was an American football player. ... Leonard Thompson is regarded as the very first person to have recieved injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. ... Michael Mike Utley (b. ... Byron Raymond White (June 8, 1917 – April 15, 2002) won fame both as a football running back and as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. ...

Coaches of note

Head Coaches

This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Earl Dutch Clark (October 11, 1906 - August 5, 1978) was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. ... Elmer C. Gloomy Gus Henderson is a famous University of Southern California Trojans football coach. ... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Bill Edwards (June 21, 1905 – June 12, 1987 ) was a head football coach at Case Western Reserve University, Vanderbilt University, and Wittenberg University. ... John Bull Karcis (born July 2, 1891 in Monaca, PA), was a football player at the collegiate and professional level and a coach for a brief stint at the professional level. ... Charles Gus Dorias (born July 2, 1891 in Chippewa Falls, WI, died January 3, 1954 in Birmingham, MI), was a football player and coach at the collegiate level and a coach at the professional level. ... Alvin Bo McMillin (January 12, 1895 - March 31, 1952) was a Hall-of-Fame college football player, and later successful head coach, who served at both the collegiate and professional levels but who achieved his greatest success at the college level. ... Raymond Buddy Parker (died March 22, 1982) is a former football player and coach in the National Football League who served as head coach for three teams: the Chicago Cardinals, the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... George Wilson was a former professional football player and later a coach in the NFL and AFL for the Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Joe Schmidt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Don McCafferty (March 12, 1921 - July 28, 1974), was a football coach who, in his first year as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, led the team to a victory in Super Bowl V. McCafferty played college football at Ohio State University under Paul Brown, where he was a key... Rick Forzano (born November 20, 1928) was a football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, most prominently as head coach of the National Football Leagues Detroit Lions from 1974-1976. ... Tommy Hudspeth was an football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. ... Monte Clark (born January 24, 1937) was a former football player and coach who served as head coach for two National Football League teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions. ... Darryl Rogers was an American football coach. ... Wayne Fontes (born February 2, 1940) is a former American football coach and college and professional football player who was the head coach of the NFLs Detroit Lions from 1988 to 1996. ... Robert Joseph Ross (December 23, 1936, Richmond, Virginia) is the current head coach of the United States Military Academy football team. ... Gary O. Moeller (1941- ) Played college football at The Ohio State University before becoming a turncoat and coaching at scUM. He also coached at Illinois from 1977 to 1979. ... Marty Mornhinweg (born March 29, 1962 in Edmond, Oklahoma) is currently the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles, having joined the Eagles in 2003 as the assistant head coach. ... Steve Mariucci (born November 4, 1955 in Iron Mountain, Michigan) is a former National Football League coach, most recently for the Detroit Lions. ... Richard Manual Jauron (born October 7, 1950 in Peoria, Illinois) has been the head coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League since January 23, 2006. ... Rod Marinelli (born July 13, 1949 in Rosemead, California) is the head coach of the Detroit Lions. ...

Current staff

Detroit Lions staff
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Front Office

Head Coaches William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four grandchildren of Henry Ford and a child of Edsel Ford. ... The name Bill Ford might also refer to the former baseball player. ... Matthew George Millen (born March 12, 1958 in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania) Punisher was here Prior to assuming leadership of the Detroit Lions in 2001, Millen was a professional football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins of the NFL. In Millens 12-year NFL... Sheldon White (born March 1, 1965) is a former cornerback in the NFL. He played from 1988-1993. ...

Offensive Coaches Rod Marinelli (born July 13, 1949 in Rosemead, California) is the head coach of the Detroit Lions. ...

 

Defensive Coaches Mike Martz (born May 13, 1951, Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. ... Wilbert Montomery (born September 16, 1954 in Greenville, Mississippi) is a former American football player in the National Football League. ... Kippy Brown (born March 6, 1955 in Sweetwater, Tennessee) was born in Sweetwater, Tenn. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jim Colletto is the offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions. ... Mike Barry is the assistant offensive line coach for the National Football League Detroit Lions. ... Shawn Jefferson is a former American Football wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ...

  • Defensive Coordinator - Joe Barry
  • Defensive Line - Joe Cullen
  • Linebackers - Phil Snow
  • Defensive Backs - Clayton Lopez
  • Defensive Assistant - Fred Reed
  • Defensive Quality Control - Don Clemons

Special Teams Coaches Joe Barry is the defensive coordinator for the National Football League Detroit Lions. ... Joe Cullen is the defensive line coach for the Detroit Lions. ... Phillip Snow (born December 22, 1955 in Woodland, California) attended Sacramento CC (1974-75) and Cal. ...

  • Special Teams - Stan Kwan
  • Assistant Special Teams - Sam Gash

Strength and Conditioning Sam Lee Gash Jr. ...

  • Coordinator of Physical Development - Jason Arapoff
  • Strength and Conditioning - Malcolm Blacken


Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team staffs: // Categories: | ...

Radio and television

As of 2006, the Lions' flagship radio station was WKRK 97.1FM, known locally as "The Ticket." Dan Miller (play-by-play) and Jim Brandstatter (color commentator) are the radio announcers. Most preseason games are televised by WKBD, "Detroit's CW" (or UPN Detroit until the summer of 2006), with Frank Beckmann on play-by-play. 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WXYT-FM, currently branded as Detroits Sports Powerhouse and formerly known as Live 97-1 Free FM, is an FM station broadcasting at 97. ... The name Dan Miller may refer to: Dan Miller (Canadian politician), former Premier of British Columbia Dan Miller (U.S. politician), former member of the U.S. Congress Dan Miller (guitarist), backing member of the band They Might Be Giants Dan Miller (television journalist/personality), from Nashville, Tennessee Dan Miller... WKBD-TV, channel 50, is an owned-and-operated station of the CW television network, based in Detroit, Michigan. ... “The CW” redirects here. ...


Notes and references

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See also

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