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Detroit Lions
Established 1930
Play in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Detroit Lions Helmet
Detroit Lions- script - helmet - logo 2017
Helmet Logo
League/Conference affiliations

National Football League (1930–present)

Current uniform
NFL-NFC-DET 2017 Jerseys
Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and White
Fight song Gridiron Heroes
Mascot Roary
Personnel
Owner William Clay Ford, Sr.
Team President
General Manager Martin Mayhew
Head Coach Jim Schwartz
Team history
  • Portsmouth Spartans (1930-1933)
  • Detroit Lions (1934–present)
Detroit Lions Historical Teams
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Championships
League Championships (4)
Conference Championships (4)
Division Championships (4)
Home fields

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and play their home games at Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team,Footballresearch one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the NFL as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.

The Lions have won four NFL Championships, the last in 1957, giving the club the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals, who last won in 1947 (as the Chicago Cardinals). The Lions are one of four current NFL teams that have yet to qualify for the Super Bowl, the only one with an unbroken NFL existence dating to before 1995, and the only one in the NFC. The team has qualified for the playoffs only nine times in the more than 50 years since winning the 1957 championship. The Lions hold the second longest regular season losing streak in NFL history, losing 19 straight games from the final week of the 2007 season and ending on September 27, 2009, when the Lions defeated the Washington Redskins 19–14. It is second only to the 1976–77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' losing streak of 26.

Also since the NFL's expansion to 32 teams in 2002, the Lions are the only NFC team to not make the playoffs. The 2008 Detroit Lions became the only team in NFL history to lose all 16 regular season games. They had won all their preseason games that year, and were the only team to do so.2008 NFL Preseason Standings. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved on 2010-12-23. They are only the second team to go winless without a tie (next to the 0–14 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers) since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. They went 2–14 in 2009. On November 14, 2010 in Buffalo, the Lions lost their 25th straight road game, setting a new NFL record for consecutive road losses. The previous record of 24 was also set by the Lions from 2001 to 2003.Detroit Lions' record 25th consecutive road loss comes against previously winless Bills MLive.com November 14, 2010 The streak reached 26 games before being broken on December 19, 2010, when the Lions won at Tampa Bay. The win against Tampa Bay was the second in a four game winning streak starting with the Green Bay Packers.

Franchise historyEdit

Logos and uniformsEdit

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Aside from a brief change to maroon in 1948 instituted by then head coach Bo McMillin (influenced by his years as coach at Indiana), the Lions uniforms have basically remained the same since the team debuted in 1930. The design consists of silver helmets, silver pants, and either blue or white jerseys. [[Image:Lions2000.png|left|thumb||100px|Lions logo (1970–2002).

A variation of this logo was used until the 2009 NFL season, when the new logo was implemented. There have been minor changes to the uniform design throughout the years, such as changing the silver stripe patterns on the jersey sleeves, and changing the colors of the jersey numbers. White trim was added to the logo in 1970. In 1998, the team wore blue pants with their white jerseys along with grey socks but dropped that combination after the season.

In 1999, the 'TV numbers' on the sleeves were moved to the shoulders. The shade of blue used for Lions uniforms and logos is officially known as "Honolulu blue," which is supposedly inspired by the color of the waves off the coast of Hawaii. The shade was chosen by Cy Huston, the Lions first vice president and general manager, and of the choice, he said: "They had me looking at so many blues I am blue in the face," Huston said about the selection. "But anyway, it's the kind of blue, I am told, that will match with silver." In 1994, every NFL team wore throwback jerseys, and the Lions' were similar to the jerseys used during their 1935 championship season. The helmets and pants were solid silver, the jerseys Honolulu blue with silver numbers and the jersey did not have 'TV numbers' on the sleeves. The team wore solid blue socks along with black shoes.

The helmets also did not have a logo, as helmets were simple leather back then. The Lions also wore '50s-style jerseys during their traditional Thanksgiving Day games from 2001 to 2004 as the NFL encouraged teams to wear throwback jerseys on Thanksgiving Day. In 2003, the team added black trim to their logo and the jerseys. The face masks on the helmet changed from blue to black with the introduction of the new color.

Additionally, an alternate home field jersey which makes black the dominant color (in place of Honolulu Blue) was introduced in 2005. For 2008, the team dropped the black alternate jerseys in favor of a throwback uniform to commemorate the franchise's 75th anniversary. The throwback uniform became the team's permanent alternate jersey in 2009, replacing the former black alternate.Kowalski, Tom (9 February 2009). "Tom Lewand: Lions' black uniforms discarded". MLive.com. http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2009/02/lions_black_uniforms_have_been.html. Retrieved 9 February 2009{C } The Lions officially unveiled new logo designs and uniforms on April 20, 2009. The Lion on the helmet now has a flowing mane and fangs, and the font of "Lions" is more modern.

Notable playersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Detroit Lions current roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Wide Receivers (cont'd)

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Defensive linemen (cont'd) Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Defensive Backs (cont'd)

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Unrestricted FAs

  • currently vacant

Restricted FAs

  • currently vacant

Exclusive-Rights FAs

  • currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 19, 2018
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Pro Football Hall of FamersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

  • Dutch Clark (7)
  • Barry Sanders (20) ** Note: The #20 was retired specifically for Sanders, even though the retired number was also worn by RB Billy Sims and DB Lem Barney, both of whom are also among the top all-time Lions at their positions.
  • Bobby Layne (22)
  • Doak Walker (37)
  • Joe Schmidt (56)
    • Note: The #56 was unretired with Schmidt's blessing when the Lions acquired linebacker Pat Swilling from the Saints. No player has worn it since Swilling left.
  • Chuck Hughes (85) ** Note: Hughes died of a heart attack during a game on October 24, 1971, and his #85 was withdrawn from circulation. However, WR Kevin Johnson wore #85 during his stint in Detroit after asking permission from the Hughes family as he had worn that number throughout his professional career.

TemporaryEdit

  • Corey Smith (93) - The Lions retired #93 for the 2009 season after Smith went missing, presumed dead, when a boat he was fishing in with friends capsized off the Florida coast."Lions to retire Smith's No. 93 in '09", ESPN, 2009-03-21. Retrieved on 2009-03-21.  The Lions also wore 93 stickers on their helmets that season. Number 93 was assigned to Kyle Vanden Bosch in 2010.

Lions LegendsEdit

The Lions have a special program called "Lions Legends" that honors noteworthy former players. The current list of legends includes not only the hall of famers listed above, but also the following players, who according to the Lions, "...Created special moments and added to the lore of football in the Motor City.":

CoachesEdit

Current staffEdit

Detroit Lions current staff
Front office
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
Coaching administration

Coaching staff
Management
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According to USA Today, the Lions have added two new directors of scouting evaluation. Naveed Carim and Brett Jaksim were discovered by Martin Mayhew to work under Sheldon White in all scouting capacities. They have brought on their own system of player evaluation called the "PANDIAN" system, which they developed while attending the University of Michigan and the University of Oregon respectively.

Radio and televisionEdit

RadioEdit

TVEdit

PreseasonEdit

From 2008 to 2010, WWJ-TV has been the flagship television station for Lions pre-season games.WWJ-TV, CBS Detroit and the Detroit Lions Announce 2010 Lions Pre-Season Broadcast Plans Detroit Lions Official Site May 13, 2010 The announcers were Matt Shepard on play-by-play and Rob Rubick with color commentary. Steve Courtney and Lions Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders hosted the pre-game show and halftime show and provide sideline reports. WXYZ-TV will assume the role as flagship station beginning in the 2011 season.WXYZ: "Detroit Lions and WXYZ partner for 2011 season", February 8, 2011.

Regular seasonEdit

Regular season games are broadcast regionally on Fox, except when the Lions play an AFC team in Detroit, in which case the game airs regionally on CBS. The Thanksgiving Classic game in Detroit is always televised nationally on either Fox or CBS, depending on who the visiting team is. The Detroit Lions are the only NFC team that hasn't yet played on NBC (the Houston Texans hold that distinction for the AFC) when they got the NFL back in 2006. The Lions' official regular season show of record is The Ford Lions Report. For regular season games versus NFC opponents when Fox doesn't have a double header, WJBK produces a live postgame show.

BlackoutsEdit

The Lions' winless performance in 2008 and 2–14 season in 2009, coupled with the effects of the Late-2000s recession in Michigan, led to several local broadcast blackouts, as local fans did not purchase enough tickets by the 72-hour blackout deadline. In 2008, five of the Lions' final six home games of the season did not sell out, with the Thanksgiving game being the exception. The first blackout in the seven-year history of Ford Field was on October 26, 2008, against the Washington Redskins. The previous 50 regular season home games had been sellouts. The second home game of the 2009 season in which the Lions broke the losing streak (also against the Washington Redskins) was blacked out locally, as well as the comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns. The Lions had only one blackout in 2010, the Washington Redskins game,Kowalski, Tom (October 28, 2010). Detroit Lions' game on Sunday will be blacked out locally. MLive.com. Retrieved on October 29, 2010. which the Lions won 37–25. Games were also often blacked out at the Lions' previous home, the (perhaps over-sized) 80,000-seat Pontiac Silverdome, despite winning seasons and the success and popularity of Barry Sanders.

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