By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on May 23, 2014
Ranking the greatest Detroit Lions of all time is no easy task. 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. 60-69.
For numbers 50-59, visit http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/05/23/greatest-detroit-lions-by-number-nos-50-59/
Former Lions DE Al Baker was part of the famed "Silver Rush" in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and was one of Detroit's greatest pass rushers in team history.
Baker unofficially recorded 23 sacks in 1978, which is a team record, but statistics for sacks weren't officially kept until 1982. Baker was a three-time Pro Bowl player, and helped the Lions make the 1982 postseason.
Former Lions G Homer Elias spent each of his seven NFL seasons in Detroit, and helped block for RB Billy Sims in each of his five NFL seasons.
Elias also helped the Lions reach back-to-back postseason appearances in 1982 and 1983, both losses to Washington and San Francisco. Elias started in all but 10 games in his NFL career for Detroit.
Former Lions G Tony Semple spent all eight of his NFL seasons in Detroit, and helped the Lions reach the postseason in three of his eight seasons.
Semple blocked for RB Barry Sanders in his final four seasons in the NFL, including his 2,053 yard campaign in 1997. Semple started in the 1999 NFC Wildcard loss to Washington.
Former Lions G Dick Stanfel only played in Detroit for four seasons, but he helped the Lions win their first two NFL Championships.
Stanfel won both of his NFL titles in the first two years of his career (1952 and 1953). Stanfel was a starter in the 1953 Title Game win against Cleveland. Stanfel was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in Detroit in 1953 and 1955.
Former Lions G Jeff Hartings started the first five seasons of his career in Detroit, but he was known mostly as a center for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hartings blocked for Barry Sanders' final four seasons in the NFL, including his 2,053 yard campaign in 1997. Hartings was a starter for both the 1997 and 1999 Wildcard losses to Tampa Bay and Washington. Hartings, in 2001, would then join Pittsburgh, and won Super Bowl 40 with the Steelers.
Former Lions middle guard (now defensive tackle) Les Bingaman was one of the biggest defensive linemen during his era, but he was also one of the most effective.
Bingaman played all seven of his NFL seasons in Detroit and helped the Lions win both the 1952 and 1953 NFL Championships. Bingaman was also a two-time Pro Bowl player in 1951 and 1953.
For 10 seasons, G Harley Sewell was an essential piece of Detroit's offensive line that would win two NFL Championships during Sewell's tenure.
As a rookie, Sewell started in the Lions' 1953 NFL Championship win over Cleveland, and he did the same in the 1957 NFL Championship game, also against Cleveland. Sewell went on to make four Pro Bowls in his 10 seasons with Detroit.
Current Lions G Rob Sims has spent the past four seasons in Detroit, and has been a solid veteran presence on a very young, but talented offensive line.
Before arriving in Detroit, Sims spent his first four seasons in Seattle protecting QB Matt Haasselbeck. Sims will be entering his fifth consecutive season as the starting left guard, and has started and played in every game since he became a Lion.
Former Lions G Frank Gallagher spent his first six seasons in the NFL in Detroit, and helped pave the way for several great Detroit runners.
Gallagher was a starter for his first three seasons with the Lions, and was a valuable backup in his final two. Gallagher started in the 1970 playoff loss to Dallas and recovered a fumble. Gallagher would block for RBs like Mel Farr, Altie Taylor and Steve Owens, helping Owens reach 1,000 yards in 1971.
Former Lions G Kyle Kosier only spent one season in Detroit, but Kosier was an effective player in 2005.
Kosier would start in 11 of 16 games after being signed away from the 49ers as a restricted free agent. Kosier would be stuck on a bad team that fired coach Steve Mariucci in-season. Kosier would then sign in 2006 with Dallas, and spent his final six seasons in the NFL there.
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