Ranking The Top 100 Players In Detroit Lions History

The Top 100 Players In Detroit Lions History

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Right now, the NFL is unveiling their list of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014. So far, Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush are at Nos. 100 and 85, respectively, with many other greats to come like Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh. But that got me thinking -- who are the 100 greatest Detroit Lions of all time?

Spanning Detroit's rich football history, I came up with my own list of the best 100. Let the debating begin.

Picks 100-91

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Picks 100-91

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100. Mike Furrey, WR (2006-08)
99. Ox Emerson, G (1931-37)
98. Willie Green, WR (1991-93)
97. Kevin Jones, RB (2004-07)
96. Brandon Pettigrew, TE (2009-Present)
95. Earl McCullouch, WR (1968-73)
94. Milt Plum, QB (1962-67)
93. John Henry Johnson, RB (1957-59)
92. Dominic Raiola, C (2001-Present)
91. Cliff Avril, DE (2008-12)

Picks 90-81

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Picks 90-81

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90. Erik Kramer, QB (1991-93)
89. Tom Tracy, RB (1957-59)
88. Thurman McGraw, DT (1950-54)
87. Stephen Tulloch, LB (2011-Present)
86. Tracy Scroggins, DE/OLB (1992-2001)
85. Howard Cassady, RB (1956-61, 63)
84. Tobin Rote, QB (1957-59)
83. Jim Martin, G/LB/K (1951-61)
82. Leon Hart, WR (1950-57)
81. Jim Doran, WR (1951-59)

Picks 80-71

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Picks 80-71

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80. James Jones, FB (1983-88)
79. Altie Taylor, RB (1969-75)
78. Leonard Thompson, WR (1975-86)
77. David Sloan, TE (1995-2001)
76. William Gay, DE (1978-87)
75. Jeff Backus, LT (2001-2012)
74. Jim Arnold, P (1986-93)
73. Cory Schlesinger, FB (1995-2006)
72. Roy Williams, WR (2004-08)
71. Dre' Bly, CB (2003-06)

Picks 70-61

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Picks 70-61

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70. Eddie Drummond, KR (2002-06)
69. Gary Danielson, QB (1976-84)
68. J. Robert Smith, CB (1949-54)
67. Rocky Freitas, RT (1968-77)
66. Keith Dorney, RT (1979-87)
65. Sam Williams, DE (1960-65)
64. Eric Hipple, QB (1980-89)
63. Luther Elliss, DT (1995-2002)
62. Scott Mitchell, QB (1994-98)
61. Mike Cofer, DE/OLB (1983-92)

Picks 60-51

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Picks 60-51

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60. Stephen Boyd, LB (1995-2001)
59. Dick Jauron, FS (1973-77)
58. James Hunter, DB (1976-82)
57. Mel Farr, RB (1967-73)
56. Greg Landry, QB (1968-78)
55. Jerry Ball, NT (1987-92)
54. Brett Perriman, WR (1991-96)
53. Bennie Blades, S (1988-96)
52. Johnnie Morton, WR (1994-2001)
51. Shaun Rogers, DT (2001-07)

Picks 50-41

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Picks 50-41

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50. Mel Gray, KR/PR (1989-94)
49. Eddie Murray, K (1980-91)
48. Cloyce Box, WR (1949-54)
47. Pat Studstill, WR/P (1961-67)
46. Paul Naumoff, OLB (1967-78)
45. Charlie Ane, OL (1953-59)
44. Nick Pietrosante, FB (1959-65)
43. Dexter Bussey, FB (1974-84)
42. David Hill, TE (1976-82)
41. Mike Lucci, LB (1965-73)

Picks 40-31

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Picks 40-31

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40. Jason Hanson, K (1992-2012)
39. Bob Hoernschemeyer, RB (1950-55)
38. Doug English, DT (1975-85)
37. Jim Gibbons, TE (1958-68)
36. Terry Barr, WR (1957-65)
35. Dick Stanfel, OG (1952-55)
34. Darris McCord, DE (1955-67)
33. Gail Cogdill, WR (1960-68)
32. Les Bingaman, DT (1948-54)
31. Wayne Walker, OLB (1958-72)

Picks 30-21

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Picks 30-21

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30. Matthew Stafford, QB (2009-Present)
29. Ndamukong Suh, DT (2010-Present)
28. Ed Flanagan, C (1965-74)
27. Don Doll, DB (1949-52)
26. Lomas Brown, LT (1985-95)
25. Kevin Glover, C (1985-97)
24. Robert Porcher, DE (1992-2003)
23. Roger Brown, DT (1960-66)
22. Billy Sims, RB (1980-84)
21. Chris Spielman, LB (1988-95)

Picks 20-11

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Picks 20-11

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20. Charlie Sanders, TE (1968-77)
19. Al Baker, DE (1978-82)
18. John Gordy, RG (1957-67)
17. Harley Sewell, LG (1953-62)
16. Dutch Clark, QB (1932-38)
15. Jim David, CB (1952-59)
14. Doak Walker, RB (1950-55)
13. Lou Creekmur, LT (1950-59)
12. Herman Moore, WR (1991-2001)
11. Yale Lary, DB (1952-64)

Picks 10-1

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Picks 10-1

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10. Dick LeBeau, CB (1959-72)
9. Alex Wojciechowicz, C (1938-46)
8. Jack Christiansen, DB (1951-58)
7. Alex Karras, DT (1958-70)
6. Night Train Lane, DB (1960-65)
5. Lem Barney, CB (1967-77)
4. Calvin Johnson, WR (2007-Present)
3. Bobby Layne, QB (1950-58)
2. Joe Schmidt, LB (1953-65)
1. Barry Sanders, RB (1989-98)


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