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RIP: Dick Stanfel

Sometimes news gets by us.  Thankfully, we were reminded by one of our bloggers, D.K., that a major figure in Pro Football Folklore passed away, and is worth a few words from us.

Last week,
Dick Stanfel, a man who is ranked at #30 by us on our Football list passed away at the age of 87.  Stanfel was a two time NFL Champion (1952 & 1953) with the Detroit Lions and was a member of the 1950’s All-Decade Team.  The Offensive Guard would also be chosen for five Pro Bowls.

Following his playing career, Stanfel would enjoy a long tenure as an Offensive Line Coach, most notably a decade with the Chicago Bears, where he was a coach on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl winning team. 

Stanfel would twice be named as a Senior Nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but would not be selected. 

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Dick Stanfel at this time. 

RIP: Charlie Sanders

It was announced yesterday that Pro Football Hall of Fame Tight End, Charlie Sanders died yesterday at the age of 68. 

Sanders was a very popular figure with the Detroit Lions and would spend his entire playing career there.  The Tight End was initially drafted in the third round in 1968 and would go on to make seven Pro Bowls and was also chosen for the 1970’s All-Decade Team.  He would record nearly 5,000 receiving yards, an excellent amount for a Tight End in that era.

Sanders would go on to become a successful broadcaster for Detroit Lions broadcasts and later was an Assistant Coach.  Overall, Charlie Sanders would spend over four decades affiliated in some capacity with the Detroit Lions.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Charlie Sanders at this time. 

Calvin Johnson Retires

Unless he changes his mind, we have a major retirement on our hands.

It was reported today that multiple sources have told ESPN that Calvin Johnson had informed the Detroit Lions and a close circle of family and friends that he will be retiring from the National Football League. 

Should this in fact be the case, the Wide Receiver known as “Megatron” has put up a stellar NFL career that includes the following:

3 First Team All Pro Selections

5 Pro Bowls

1 Receptions Title

2 Receiving Yards Title

731 Receptions

11,619 Receiving Yards

83 Receiving Touchdowns

15.9 Yards/Reception 

Calvin Johnson may not have the career numbers of some of the current former Wide Receivers who are chasing Canton, but he does have elite seasons, and was a game changer.  This makes him in our eyes a bona fide Hall of Fame contender, which he will become eligible for in 2021.

Should this be the end of Calvin Johnson’s career, we here at would like to thank “Megatron” for the memories and wish him the best in his post-playing career.

It's Official: Calvin Johnson Retires.

It’s official.

As reported a month ago, Calvin Johnson made good on his claim that he was done with playing professional football and he has officially retired.

“Megatron” goes down as one of the most dynamic players in the history of the Detroit Lions and easily the best Wide Receiver in team history.  Johnson retires with 11,619 Receiving Yards and 83 Receiving Touchdowns with seven seasons exceeding the 1,000 Yard mark.  He was a six time Pro Bowl choice, a three time First Team All Pro and would twice lead all receivers in yards.

While Johnson was an elite player, his Hall of Fame ticket is not punched, as with the exception of Receiving Yards/Game (he is 2nd overall) he is not in the top twenty in any major category and with the explosion in the modern offense, he will drop quickly.  Johnson also has never won a playoff game, factors that could affect the voters.

Still, he is a Hall of Famer in our book, and we would like to wish Calvin Johnson the best in his post playing career.

The Top 50 Detroit Lions of All-Time are now up

It is a long process isn’t it?

We here at are slowly but surely working our way to give you the Top 50 of every major North American Franchise, and we are ready to present to you another one; this time the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

While many of you view the Lions as this sad sack team over the past few decades, this is a team that does have multiple NFL Championship appearances.

The complete list of our Top 50 Detroit Lions can be found here, but for those who want a preview of the top five, here you are!

1. Barry Sanders

2. Joe Schmidt

3. Bobby Layne

4. Lem Barney

5. Doak Walker

Take a look, give us your opinion and as always we thank you!

Up next, we will return to Motown with the Detroit Tigers. 

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14. Alex Karras

Minus ten points for being Webster’s dad, but gaining it all back for his role as “Mongo”, Alex Karras actually had a successful acting career.  Since we aren’t ranking athletes turned actors (yet) we will focus on his gridiron career, which was quite remarkable.

Alex Karras always seemed to follow his own path.  His tumultuous College run at Iowa showcased brilliant play and off field issues and this followed him to the NFL.  He was suspended for the 1963 season for gambling but regardless of that transgression, Karras was one of the most popular Lions in that franchise’s history.  He was a three time First Team All Pro and the leader of the Lions defense for a decade.
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77. Pat Swilling

The New Orleans Saints offense has been good for so long, it is forgotten that when they were able to put decent teams together in the early 90’s, it was on the strength of their defense.  Pat Swilling was a big part of those squads.
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97. Roger Brown

It is alleged that Roger Brown was the first legitimate 300 pounder in the National Football League.  Nowadays, this is common place, but it was Brown who proved that a much larger man could be very much athletic.  It is also a amazing that someone so big could be forgotten so quick.
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