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Detroit Lions  History

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Lions history

The Detroit Lions are a National Football League team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions are one of four teams that play in the North Division of the National Football Conference. The Detroit Lions franchise traces its origin to the Portsmouth Spartans, a team based in Ohio that entered the NFL in 1930. In 1932 the Spartans played in the league’s first postseason game, losing 9-0 to the Chicago Bears. In 1934 the club was sold to radio station owner George Richards, who moved the team to Detroit and renamed it the Lions. That season, Detroit hosted its first ever Thanksgiving Day game, a tradition continued to this day.In the 1950s, the Lions enjoyed their finest years ever with four divisional titles and three league championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957.

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Stars of those glittering teams, whose annual showdowns against the archrival Cleveland Browns fascinated the pro football world, included such future Pro Football Hall of Famers as quarterback Bobby Layne, running back Doak Walker, tackle-guard Lou Creekmur and safety Jack Christiansen.Since their last title in 1957, the Lions have been looking in vain for the top spot. The best the Lions were able to accomplish as a team for the next 26 seasons were wild-card berths in 1970 and 1982. The Lions finally ended their long championship drought by winning the NFC Central Division championship in 1983.The Lions under Coach Wayne Fontes and paced by superstar running back Barry Sanders, the team's all-time rushing leader, also won divisional titles in 1991 and 1993. Detroit's first playoff victories since 1957 took the Lions all the way to the 1991 NFC championship game for the first time in franchise history.

On January 7, 1961, the Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-16 in the first-ever Playoff Bowl matching the runners-up from the two conferences into which the NFL was divided at the time (the Lions also appeared in the game in both of the next two years pursuant to their having finished second to the Green Bay Packers in the Western Conference in all three seasons; the Playoff Bowl was abolished in 1970 when the merger of the NFL and AFL went into full effect).In 1980, the Lions drafted running back Billy Sims with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Led by Sims, the team got off to a promising start that year and attracted considerable media attention when they adopted "Another One Bites The Dust," popularized by glam rock band Queen, as an unofficial team song.The Lions have thus far won four League Championships(1932 (NFL), 1952 (NFL), 1953 (NFL), 1957 (NFL)).

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The Detriot lions Hall of Famers include Earl "Dutch" Clark (1963), Bill Dudley (1966), Bobby Layne (1967), Alex Wojciechowicz (1968), Doak Walker (1986),Jack Christiansen (1970), Joe Schmidt (1973),Dick "Night Train" Lane (1974), Yale Lary (1979), Lem Barney (1992), Lou Creekmur (1996) and Barry Sanders (2004).The team has retired the numbers (#7) Dutch Clark,(#22) Bobby Layne, (#37) Doak Walker, (#56) Joe Schmidt and (#85) Chuck Hughes. The Detriot Lions uniform consists of the colors Honolulu blue and silver. Their helmet design is a silver helmet with a blue lion. The Lions are currently playing their home games at the Ford Field, opened on September 22, 2002 and seats 65,000 (capacity).


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