10 Team Lowlights
1. In 1958, after breaking his leg in 3 places in the 1957 season, beloved Lions QB Bobby Layne was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Layne was so devastated and angered by the trade that he was said to have cursed the Lions for 50 years, in which they would remain to be perennial losers. This is called "The Curse of Bobby Layne."
2. After starting 4-0 in 1980, the Lions finish up the season 9-7 and miss the playoffs.
3. Billy Sims had a catastrophic knee injury in his 5th season in 1984, ending his career.
4. The Lions lost the 1991 NFC Championship game to the Washington Redskins 41-10, missing their best shot at the Super Bowl.
5. Barry Sanders retired from football before the 1999 season at the age of 30.
6. In 2001, the Lions hired Matt Millen as President and CEO. He would control the organization as their General Manager and made all decisions regarding football operations.
7. The Lions drafted QB Joey Harrington in the first round, 3rd overall in 2002.
8. The Lions drafted Wide Receiver Charles Rogers in the first round, 2nd overall in 2003. He broke his collarbone after 5 games in his first season and was out for the rest of the year. On the 3rd play of the 2004 season, he broke his collarbone again and was out for the season for a second time. In the 2005 season he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL drug policy as a weed smoker. In 2006, he was released by the team, ending his NFL career.
9. The Lions close out the 2007 season 1-7 after going 6-2 in the first-half of the season, finishing 7-9.
10. In 2008, the Lions were the first NFL team ever to go 0-16.