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Constructing The Detroit Lions’ Mount Suckmore

The Detroit Lions' Mt. Suckmore

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Profootballtalk.com last year held a vote to see who is on the Detroit Lions Mount Rushmore. The Mount Rushmore of Detroit allows fans to select the Lions players who they believe should be held higher than other Lions. But what if there was a poll that could decide the worst Lions players? This list will try to address that question in what I call the Detroit Lions Mount Suckmore. These four former players were poorer than the rest.

The Dis-Honorable Mentions

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The Dis-Honorable Mentions

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As with any Mount Rushmore discussion, the number of nominees is only restricted to four, but plenty of candidates deserved at least a mention as being the worst or one of the worst Lions' players/personnel in NFL history. Players like Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Chuck Long as well as personnel men like Matt Millen, Rod Marinelli and Marty Mornhinweg just barely missed the cut, but all of them were pretty awful.

4. Aaron Gibson, OT (1999-2001)

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4. Aaron Gibson, OT (1999-2001)

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Aaron Gibson was not just a terrible tackle in his three seasons with Detroit; he ate his way out of the league. Because of an injury, Gibson did not appear in any games in the 1999 NFL season, and he only played in 16 career games with the Lions. At least Gibson holds the distinction of becoming the NFL's first 400-pound player and the heaviest NFL player ever at 410 pounds.

3. Reggie Rogers, DT (1987-88)

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3. Reggie Rogers, DT (1987-88)

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Reggie Rogers was chosen seventh overall by the Lions in 1987 and played in just 11 games in his two seasons with the team due to emotional problems. His Lions career ended just five games into 1988 after his car struck another vehicle and killed three teenagers, which later resulted in being convicted of vehicular homicide. Rogers actually has more DUI arrests (5) than sacks with the Lions (1) and in his NFL career (2).

2. Andre Ware, QB (1990-93)

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2. Andre Ware, QB (1990-93)

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As a quarterback at the University of Houston, Andre Ware became the first black quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 1989 after throwing for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns and setting 26 NCAA records in 1988. As a Detroit Lion from 1990-93, Ware made only six career starts, threw for just 1,112 career yards and couldn't even beat out Rodney Peete and Erik Kramer to be the starting QB in the early 1990s.

1. Mike Williams, WR (2005-06)

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1. Mike Williams, WR (2005-06)

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After losing his final season of eligibility at USC and sitting out the entire 2004 season, the Lions' brass and Millen were still dumb enough to select Mike Williams No. 10 overall in the draft. Not surprisingly, Williams was a total bust. The former USC Trojan played in just 22 games and had only two touchdowns. Williams was so bad that backup QB Josh McCown passed him on the wide receiver depth chart in 2006.