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4. Lem Barney
Coming out of Jackson State, Cornerback, Lem Barney made an immediate impact for the Lions winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and leading the NFL in Interceptions.  He wouldn’t duplicate that feat as opposing offensive coordinators knew to avoid him like the plague but he was still a seven time Pro Bowler with 56 total picks and over 1,000 Interception Return Yards.  Barney was also a major asset on the return game.
Barney would enter the Hall of Fame in 1992.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd Round, 34th Overall 3/14/67.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1977 Season.
  • Games Played: 140
  • Notable Statistics: 108 Games Started
    56 Interceptions
    1,077 Interception Return Yards
    7 Interception Return Touchdowns
    17 Fumble Recoveries
    163 Fumble Recovery Yards
    143 Punt Returns
    1,312 Punt Return Yards
    2 Punt Return Touchdowns
    50 Kick Return Yards
    1,274 Kick Return Yards
    1 Kick Return Touchdown
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (1967)
    First Team All Pro (1968 & 1969)
    Second Team All Pro (1973)
    Pro Bowl Selection (1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975 & 1976)
    Most Interceptions (1967)
    Most Interception Return Yards (1967)
    Most Fumbles Recovered (1968)
    Most Fumble Return Yards (1975)
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