10 Team Highlights
1. Running back Billy Sims was drafted in the first round, first overall pick by the Lions in 1980.
2. 1980 season started 4-0. It was the first season of Sims with the Lions. Jimmy "Spiderman" Alllen performed a very early rap song sampling "Another One Bites the Dust" which was released shortly after the 4-0 start.
3. Running back Barry Sanders was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall pick by the Lions in 1989.
4. Sanders had the second highest season rushing total in 1997 with 2,053 yards. He was the third player ever to break the 2,000 yard season rushing mark.
5. In 1991, the Lions had a regular season record of 12-4. They won the first round of the divisional playoffs beating the Dallas Cowboys 38-6 on their way to the NFC Championship game.
6. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was drafted by the Lions in the first round, second overall pick in 2007.
7. The Detroit Lions started the 2007 season 6-2.
8. The Lions fired Matt Millen as their General Manager on September 24, 2008. His eight-year tenure as head of the franchise led to the worst eight-year record in the history of the modern NFL (31-97).
9. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was drafted by the Lions in the first round, first overall pick in 2009.
10. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was drafted by the Lions in the first round, second overall pick in 2010.