Lions honor 39 players as greatest in franchise history
Several Detroit Lions from yesteryear took part in Sunday’s homecoming game at Ford Field during a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, and with the NFL celebrating its 100th season, a handful of them were anointed as the franchise’s elite.
As part of the Lions’ “Fantennial Weekend” celebration, the team at halftime named 39 players to its All-Time Team.
“These are the greatest players in Detroit Lions history,” Lions president Rod Wood said. “We are extremely proud to join in the celebration of the league’s 100th season by honoring our legends who paved the way for today’s players.”
The players were chosen by fan voting, contributions from the Detroit Lions Legends Community, Lions executives and members of the media. Years of service, stats, postseason accolades and other team honors were taken into consideration during voting.
Two current Lions players made the list, quarterback Matthew Stafford and long snapper Don Muhlbach.
“Their countless contributions to our game have left a lasting legacy on our organization, the NFL and the entire city of Detroit,” Wood added.
Former Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson was honored by the team but did not attend the ceremony.
Lions All-Time Team
Players are listed in alphabetical order.
Al “Bubba” Baker
Defensive End, 1978-1982
Offensive Tackle, 1985-1995
Defensive Tackle, 1960-1966
Safety/Punt Returner, 1951-1958
Wide Receiver, 1960-1968
Offensive Tackle, 1950-1959
Gover "Ox" Emerson
Defensive Tackle, 1975-1979, 1981-1985
Kick/Punt Returner, 1989-1994
Wide Receiver, 2007-2015
Defensive Tackle, 1958-1962, 1964-1970
Dick "Night Train" Lane
Safety/Punter, 1952-53, 1956-64
Wide Receiver, 1991-2001
Long Snapper, 2004-Present
Defensive End, 1992-2003
Running Back, 1989-1998
Tight End, 1968-1977
Running Back, 1980-1984
Running Back, 1950-1955