Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity. As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 Detroit Lions of all-time.
As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season.
The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. Joe Schmidt
3. Bobby Layne
4. Lem Barney
5. Doak Walker
We have used a different algorithm from our initial list, and this has resulted in Lions who have long since retired being shuffled despite not having added any accomplishments.
We have since rectified that.
As always, we thank you for your support.