Detroit Lions in History

Events in Sport

  • 1930-09-14 Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6
  • 1934-06-30 NFL's Portsmouth Spartans become Detroit Lions
  • 1934-11-04 Pitts ends Detroit Lions' shutout streak at 7 games but loses 40-7
  • 1935-12-15 Detroit Lions win NFL championship
  • 1943-04-08 1943 NFL Draft: Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1943-11-07 Detroit Lions 0, NY Giants 0; last scoreless tie in NFL
  • 1950-01-20 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1951-10-14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • 1952-12-28 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1953-12-27 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • 1957-12-29 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1969-08-25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1980-04-29 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1988-10-20 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • 1990-11-18 NFL NY Giants beat Det Lions 20-0, to run 1990 record to 10-0
  • 1991-11-17 Detroit Lion Mike Utley is paralized in a game vs LA Rams
  • 1992-01-12 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Detroit Lions 41-10
  • 1997-12-21 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • 1997-12-21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
  • 2008-12-28 The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.
  • 2009-04-25 2009 NFL Draft: Matthew Stafford from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1926-12-19 Bobby Layne, NFL QB (Detroit Lions)
  • 1930-11-24 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1932-01-19 Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker (Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-07-15 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1939-05-02 Gates Brown, Crestline, OH, MLB player (Detroit Lions), (d. 2013)
  • 1946-08-25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1959-12-20 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1960-04-20 Rodney Holman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1961-12-04 Frank Reich, Freeport, New York, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions)
  • 1962-09-15 Aubrey Matthews, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1962-11-26 Mike Johnson, NFL inside linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1963-03-30 Lomas Brown, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1963-06-17 Kevin Glover, NFL center (Detroit Lions)
  • 1964-02-25 Don Majkowski, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1964-03-15 Ron Hall, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1964-06-22 Mark Royals, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions)
  • 1965-01-12 Henry Thomas, defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots)
  • 1965-10-10 Brett Perriman, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1965-10-11 Chris Spielman, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1966-08-17 Zefross Moss, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots)
  • 1966-09-03 Bennie Blades, NFL safety (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966-09-23 Doug Widell, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1967-02-16 Robert Massey, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 1967-03-16 Dan Owens, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions)
  • 1967-12-18 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-01-02 Scott Mitchell, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1968-04-28 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • 1968-07-16 Barry Sanders, NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy)
  • 1968-07-22 Sean Vanhorse, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1968-08-23 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1968-09-27 Scott Conover, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1968-11-01 Kent Graham, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968-11-11 John Jett, NFL punter (Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-02-14 Harry Colon, NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-02-20 Tommy Vardell, El Cajon, California, American NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-03-07 Matt Blundin, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-03-27 Tom Beer, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-06-03 Ray Roberts, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-07-28 Corey Raymond, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-07-30 Robert Porcher, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-09-11 Tracy Scroggins, NFLer (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-10-20 Herman Moore, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969-11-28 Marc Spindler, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets, Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-05-16 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-06-17 Jason Hanson, NFL kicker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-07-01 Van Malone, NFL safety (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-09-05 Willie Clay, American NFL safety (Detroit Lions), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-09-18 Mike Compton, NFL center/guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-10-04 Ryan McNeil, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970-10-18 Shane Bonham, NFL defensive linesman (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-11-19 Larry Tharpe, NFL tackle (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions)
  • 1970-12-20 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-01-06 Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-02-19 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • 1971-04-14 Antonio London, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-08-20 Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-08-26 Jocelyn Borgella, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-10-07 Johnnie Morton, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-10-16 Greg Jeffries, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-11-13 Ron Rivers, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971-12-21 Tommie Boyd, NFL/WLAF receiver (Detroit Lions, Rhein Fire)
  • 1971-12-27 James Stewart, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1972-01-13 Richard Woodley, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-01-23 Kez McCorvey, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-01-29 Hessley Hempstead, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-02-23 Ryan Grigson, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-02-25 Chris Harrison, guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-04-15 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-05-30 Jeff Jones, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-06-08 David Sloan, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-06-23 Cory Schlesinger, NHL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-08-22 Stephen Boyd, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Valley Stream, NY
  • 1972-09-09 Ben Bronson, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-09-17 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972-11-09 Ron Rice, NFL cornerback and safety (Detroit Lions)
  • 1973-01-26 Tony Ramirez, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1973-02-13 Willie Smith, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1973-03-22 Luther Elliss, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-01-06 Juan Roque, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-02-28 Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-04-27 Pete Chryplewicz, tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-08-01 Kerwin Waldroup, DL (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-12-01 Richard Jordan, linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-12-19 Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974-12-21 Tommie Boyd, wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1976-02-07 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1990-03-12 Marvin Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Sport

  • 1986-11-28 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971-10-24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • 1986-12-01 Robert L "Bobby" Layne, football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 59
  • 1991-03-19 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies
  • 2015-07-02 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • 2017-05-11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86