By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on May 23, 2014
Ranking the greatest Detroit Lions of all time is no easy task to accomplish. From No. 1 all the way up to No. 99, I will attempt to rank the greatest Lions players for each jersey number. This list continues with my selections for the best at Nos. 30-39.
For No. 29, visit http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/05/16/the-greatest-detroit-lions-by-number-no-29/
Former Lions FB Cory Schlesinger spent his entire 12-year NFL career with Detroit and blocked for some of the Lions' finest running backs.
Schlesinger helped Barry Sanders eclipse 2,000 yards in 1997, and Schlesinger's blocks helped a Detroit running back gain 1,000 yards in seven of his 12 seasons.
Former Lions CB Corey Raymond joined the Lions in 1995 after a three-year stint with the New York Giants, and was an instant producer. In his first season in 1995, Raymond finished with six interceptions, which ranked second on the team.
Raymond started in the 1995 Wild Card loss to Philadelphia and would just play two more seasons in Detroit before retiring from football.
Former Lions CB Dre' Bly came to Detroit after a successful four-year career in St. Louis. Bly would win Super Bowl 34 and lose Super Bowl 36 with the Rams.
As one of the few good free agent signings by GM Matt Millen, Bly made two Pro Bowls in 2003 and 2004 and finished his Lions career with 19 interceptions.
Former Lions FB Nick Pietrosante was Detroit's No. 1 pick in the 1959 NFL Draft. During his Detroit playing days, Pietrosante would hold numerous accolades.
He won the NFL Rookie of the Year award in 1959 and made two Pro Bowl appearances in 1960 and 1961. When Pietrosante left Detroit in 1965, he was the Lions' all-time leading rusher with 3,933 yards.
Former Lions RB James Stewart was a free agent acquisition in 2000 after having five successful seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, three backing up Fred Taylor.
Despite only playing three seasons in Detroit, Stewart ran for over 1,000 yards in 2000 and 2002. He would miss the entire 2003 season with injuries and never played again.
Former Lions FB john Henry Johnson joined the team in 1957 after spending the previous three seasons in San Francisco's "Million Dollar Backfield".
Johnson was an instrumental part in the Lions' 1957 NFL Championship team. He ran for over 600 yards and five touchdowns to help Detroit defeat both San Francisco and Cleveland en route to the title.
Former Lions S Bennie Blades was a 10-year NFL veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career in Detroit.
Blades was one of the most physical defensive backs in the NFL and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1991. He would help the Lions make four postseason appearances in his nine seasons with the team and ranks second in team history with 815 tackles.
Former Lions HB Doak Walker was the first junior to win the Heisman Trophy when he played for SMU, and he would become one of Detroit's best players ever.
Walker was a key player who played for three division championship teams and two NFL Championship teams in Detroit. He was also a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time All-Pro selection.
Former Lions FB Bill Triplett spent five seasons in Detroit and helped pave the way for RB Steve Owens' 1,000-yard season in 1971.
Triplett also blocked for great Detroit runners like Mel Farr and Altie Taylor, and he would lead the Lions in rushing in 1969 with 377 yards.
Former Lions HB-WR Leonard Thompson spent his entire 12-year career in Detroit and led the Lions in receiving in multiple seasons.
After being a backup for his first five seasons, Thompson was a starter from 1980-85. He led the Lions in receiving yards in three consecutive seasons from 1983-85.
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