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It’s Lions Mt. Rushmore voting time

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On Friday, there will be no episode of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  If there were, we’d be unveiling the Mt. Rushmores for the Vikings and the Lions.

Instead, we’re merely opening the official voting for the Lions’ Mt. Rushmore.

Make your selections below.  Narrowly missing the field of 12 finalists were Matt Millen, Marty Mornhinweg, Rod Marinelli, Wayne Fontes, Charles Rogers, Joey Harrington, Joe Cullen (clothed), and Joe Cullen (naked).

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  1. markywahlberg says: Jun 7, 2013 8:43 AM

    Dick Butkiss

  2. annodomini90 says: Jun 7, 2013 8:50 AM

    Barry Sanders, Barry Sanders, Barry Sanders and, oh, Barry Sanders.

  3. 989lions says: Jun 7, 2013 8:51 AM

    Even in the Mt. Rushmore voting PFT can’t help but take a shot at the Lions. Give it a rest, we ALL know how long the Lions have sucked for.

  4. sabanissatan says: Jun 7, 2013 8:53 AM

    Marty Mornhinweg

  5. d10ballfan says: Jun 7, 2013 8:53 AM

    How is it possible that Matt Millen narrowly missed? He should have broadly missed.

  6. drastrozoom says: Jun 7, 2013 8:54 AM

    Where the hell is Billy Sims?

  7. jojopuppyfish says: Jun 7, 2013 8:54 AM

    My picks, as a bears fan:
    1) Barry Sanders
    2)Alex Karras
    3) Bobby layne
    4) Calvin Johnson

    Honorable mentions
    Lem Barney
    And where the heck is Billy Simms?

  8. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 7, 2013 8:54 AM

    Wayne Walker!

  9. thetigerreport says: Jun 7, 2013 8:56 AM

    “Rick” Spielman? C’mon Man!

  10. boourns85 says: Jun 7, 2013 8:57 AM

    Billy Simms? Jason Hanson?

  11. aaa82 says: Jun 7, 2013 8:57 AM

    Rick Spielman, eh?…

  12. tjacks7 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:00 AM

    I voted Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson. Like everyone else, I haven’t seen the Lions successful years.

  13. warsal says: Jun 7, 2013 9:00 AM

    Barry, layne, Calvin, Jason Hanson

  14. atthemurph says: Jun 7, 2013 9:04 AM

    My picks as a Packers fan,

    Night Train Lane
    Bobby Layne
    Lem Barney
    Alex Karras

  15. skinsrock says: Jun 7, 2013 9:05 AM

    Barry Sanders
    Calvin Johnson
    Doak Walker
    Bobby Layne

  16. gobills70 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:06 AM

    Where’s Kung Fu Billy Sims

  17. @Cereal_22 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:07 AM

    Wayne Fontes !

  18. 0ffsides says: Jun 7, 2013 9:12 AM

    Where’s George Plimpton?

  19. hodag54501 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:13 AM

    Bravo to Mike Florio for adding some of the old-time players. As a Packers fan for 50+ years, I saw many of these folks in action.
    Joe Schmidt was the equal of Nitschke and Butkus. Lem Barney and Yale Lary won’t get many votes from the youngun’s, but they were great players. Dick “Night Train” Lane was at the end of a great career when he played with the Lions. Bobby Layne and Doak Walker won championships for the Lions in the 1950′s.
    The Lions have some high points in their history. Unfortunately, with the exception of Barry Sander’s time in Detroit, few have come in the last 50 years.

  20. bionicpeter says: Jun 7, 2013 9:17 AM

    Bart Simpson

  21. navyeoddavee9 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:20 AM

    Sanders, Sims, LeBeau, Fontes

  22. nolanwiffle says: Jun 7, 2013 9:24 AM

    Just put a big #20 up there to represent Lem Barney, Billy Sims, and Barry Sanders. Then throw in Joe Schmidt, Nigh Train Lane, and Mike Lucci. Done.

  23. michiganhockey11 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:28 AM

    Hey Florio, I’m calling party foul on you here.

    While I can appreciate the selection you have, where in the world is Jason Hanson? It would not be Mt. Rushmore without him on it, let alone at least in the voting.

    Spielman, Sanders, Moore and Hanson.

  24. mazblast says: Jun 7, 2013 9:28 AM

    Leaving Billy Sims off the list is a mistake. Not one of my top four, but definitely top 12.

  25. marty2020 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:33 AM

    If you don’t vote for Night Train Lane, you have no idea what you are doing.

    Night Train Lane was voted the all-time starting CB for the entire history of the league along with Deion Sanders.

  26. dadsource says: Jun 7, 2013 9:35 AM

    No Scott Mitchell?

  27. sparty0n says: Jun 7, 2013 9:38 AM

    Don’t get me wrong. Megatron is a hell of a football player. But its too early to put him up there with Night Train Lane, Yale Lary, Bobby Lane, Doak Walker and Barry Sanders (yeah, I know that’s 5).

    The first four I listed help make the NFL what it is today. They are some of the legends the league was built on.

  28. killface4prez says: Jun 7, 2013 9:38 AM

    This one is easier than most teams – and that’s not a knock. There are four transcendent players on that list, and the rest are not.

    Barry Sanders
    Night Train Lane
    Calvin Johnson
    Doak Walker (maybe not transcendent in talent, but in legacy)

  29. michiganhockey11 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:40 AM

    Marinelli, only if you include the following quote:

    “We’ve got out shovels and picks and we’re digging. We see the light and we’re just going to keep working til’ we reach it.”

  30. fwippel says: Jun 7, 2013 9:40 AM

    Glad to see Dick “Night Train” Lane on the list; one of the NFL’s all-time great DBs, and high on the all-time INT list.

    While I agree that Billy Sims was a great RB, he just didn’t do it for a long enough period of time to warrant a spot in the final four. He ought to be an option on the list, at least.

    How ’bout them Lions that wore #20; Sims, Barry Sanders, Lem Barney….

  31. ill42 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:41 AM

    Matt Millen x 4

  32. noeffinway says: Jun 7, 2013 9:41 AM

    Where the heck is Billy Sims?

  33. turrrds says: Jun 7, 2013 9:42 AM

    Why is Jason Hanson not a choice? I know he’s “just a kicker”, but come on. 21 years with them (nfl record for most games and seasons with one team), Lions all time leading scorer, #3 time in points and fgs made, tons of other nfl records. He has to be on there. Mine would be Barry Sanders, Jason Hanson, Bobby Layne, Calvin Johnson.

  34. autumnwind999 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:48 AM

    Sanders
    Night Train
    Layne
    Walker

    Despite the Lions’ tough years they actually have a lot of great candidates for this list.

  35. phil325 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:56 AM

    Any Lion that wore the number 20. Hint for the uninformed: Sanders, Barney, Sims to name 3.

  36. boltfan26 says: Jun 7, 2013 9:58 AM

    Tough choices. I hated to leave Karras, Layne, Doak Walker, and especially Lem Barney out. I had to get Calvin Johnson in there, even though his career is young. Unfortunately, Billy Sims career was too short.

    1) Barry Sanders
    2) Night Train Lane,
    3) Joe Schmidt
    4) Calvin Johnson

  37. arrooo says: Jun 7, 2013 9:59 AM

    Scott Mitchell

  38. papacrick says: Jun 7, 2013 10:06 AM

    Good picks from the Bears fan. I gotta second those nominations

  39. ramitbaby says: Jun 7, 2013 10:08 AM

    Chuck Long.

  40. matthewcarlson1 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:13 AM

    Barry Sanders. Megatron and Stafford. End list.

  41. steelersteven says: Jun 7, 2013 10:16 AM

    Barry Sanders is a quitter. I have no problem with a guy who does not want to play anymore. However, notify your team so they can plan accordingly, don’t announce it on your website. Don’t forget that he had to pay back part of his signing bonus for every year he didn’t play while his contract ran out. Also remember that he had so many runs for negative yards. A great player? Yes. Revered? Not as much.

  42. newtdobbs says: Jun 7, 2013 10:20 AM

    Where’s Jason Hansen?

  43. logicallionsvoice says: Jun 7, 2013 10:21 AM

    Barry Sanders
    Night Train Lane
    Bobby layne
    Calvin Johnson

  44. lks311 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:29 AM

    Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Bobby Layne (who would be in the Commissioner’s office every other week if he played today) and Joe Schimdt…who barely nudges out Night Train Lane.

    Most here won’t know Schimdt as one of the greatest MLBs in league history AND the coach of the 1970 team which was Super Bowl caliber, losing to Dallas 5-0 in the playoffs. So that was the tie-breaker for me.

    Honorable mention Lem Barner and where the heck is Billy Sims?

  45. lgbarn says: Jun 7, 2013 10:38 AM

    No Billy Sims is quite sad and I’m not a Lions fan.

  46. ranger764 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:39 AM

    Billy Sims was a stud, but career was real short. I went with:

    Barry Sanders
    Lem Barney
    Calvin Johnson
    Night Train Lane

  47. kingdm8 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:46 AM

    1) Sanders
    2) Layne
    3) Karras
    4) LeBeau

    And, where are Billy Sims and Lomas Brown?

  48. danphxariz says: Jun 7, 2013 10:48 AM

    Bobby Layne, Barry Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Yale Larry.

  49. rawgator06 says: Jun 7, 2013 10:51 AM

    1. Barry Sanders
    2. Megatron
    3. Night Train Lane
    4. LeBeau

  50. nightofthehipple says: Jun 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    Where is Tommy Hudspeth? He had a winning record as Lions coach and his coaching staff included the likes of Joe Bugel, Jerry Glanville, Floyd Reese, and Bill Belichick.

  51. jerklesson says: Jun 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    All this and 1 playoff win

  52. granadafan says: Jun 7, 2013 10:56 AM

    Barry Sanders was my favorite player behind Joe Montana growing up. Just imagine what he could have accomplished had he had even an average offensive line. Though with a better line, the highlights wouldn’t have been as entertaining for us fans, and there wouldn’t have been as many broken ankles from defenders.

  53. madmike66 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:04 AM

    Barry Sanders
    Gordie Howe
    Nick Lidstrom
    Steve Yzerman

  54. fievel03 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:04 AM

    Billy Sims? Jason Hanson?
    And while Night Train Lane had some great years with us, he really split his career with the Cards and started with the Rams.
    Calvin will be up there, just not yet. But do save him a space.

  55. marty2020 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    Dick “Night Train” Lane.

    In 1969, Lane was named the best cornerback of the first fifty years of professional football, then enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

    In 1999, he was ranked number 19 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players of all time.

    In 1994, he was voted to the NFL’s 75 year team along with Mel Blount, Mike Haynes, and Rod Woodson.

    Cast a vote for Night Train Lane.

  56. orangejynx says: Jun 7, 2013 11:09 AM

    Seriously, how is Jason Hanson not on this list?

  57. pdubs212 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:15 AM

    Barry Sanders
    Barry Sanders
    Barry Sanders

    AND

    Barry Sanders

  58. nightofthehipple says: Jun 7, 2013 11:17 AM

    Hudspeth did not have a winning record. Just a great coaching staff. Ignore me. I am an idiot.

  59. askingwater says: Jun 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    Florio, I don’t know why your memory of 80′s RBs is so vague, but you missed Billy Sims here and William Andrews for the Falcons Mt. Rushmore ballots.

    With that said Billy Sims cannot make the final cut here (he’s not even the most famous Lion #20). The first three that should go in (and they should be locks) are Bobby Layne, Lem Barney, and Barry Sanders. That is like 30 Pro Bowl appearances between them, and oh yeah, three busts in the HOF.

    The fourth should be close between Joe Schmidt (look him up!) and Calvin Johnson. Schmidt’s in the HOF and one more monster season will make Megatron a lock for Canton.

    Don’t want to hear about Alex Karras just because he was on “Webster.” And Night Train Lane’s glory years were with the Cardinals, not the Lions.

  60. whatjusthapped says: Jun 7, 2013 11:20 AM

    Titus Young
    Scott Mitchell
    Matt Millen
    4th place tie: Mike Williams/Roy Williams/Charles Rodgers, all WR’s, all top 10 #1 picks, all busts

  61. freepretzels says: Jun 7, 2013 11:25 AM

    I get a feeling that Joe Schmidt is going to get screwed. HOF middle linebacker that was revered when he was playing. Lot of grumbling about Billy Sims and Jason hanson, but Schmidt was the man.

    Also Night Train might have been the greatest CB of all time, with an interception records that still stands. He’s got to make it.

  62. firejerry says: Jun 7, 2013 11:33 AM

    Barry Sanders—Let see the guy who walded out on his team.
    Bary Sanders the guy who had to be taken out in passing situations becuse he ould not or would not pass block, nor could he or would not run or learn pass routes.
    Barry Sanders who would nap on the bench because he was into the game.
    Barry Sanders who was taken out of the game inside the 10 yard line because they did not need him to lose 10 years trying to juke his way to gain.
    Barry Sanders who never lead his team to play off game —rather he slept on the bench when the defense was on the field.
    I think I could vote for everyone on list before Barry Sanders.

  63. xanderslugger says: Jun 7, 2013 11:45 AM

    Johnny Morton, Dre’ Bly, Kalimba Edwards, Mike Williams and Desmond “Heisman” Howard

  64. tombradyswig says: Jun 7, 2013 11:46 AM

    henry ford

  65. freepretzels says: Jun 7, 2013 11:47 AM

    steelersteven says:
    Jun 7, 2013 10:16 AM
    Barry Sanders is a quitter. I have no problem with a guy who does not want to play anymore. However, notify your team so they can plan accordingly, don’t announce it on your website. Don’t forget that he had to pay back part of his signing bonus for every year he didn’t play while his contract ran out. Also remember that he had so many runs for negative yards. A great player? Yes. Revered? Not as much.

    Figures, you’re a Steelers fan. Never thought I’d people crap on Barry Sanders.

    He quit because he was tired of losing. He was tired of not having a lineman that could throw a block. He quit because his coach was Bobby Ross, and Ross didn’t like him because he lost yards on some carries, so Ross limited his touches.

    He didn’t say anything, never complained, did the best he could. He didn’t throw anyone under the bus, didn’t do endzone dances. He just balled, and you crapped on him.

  66. fatnick03 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:55 AM

    Mike Williams
    Joey Harrington
    Charles Rogers
    Roy Williams

  67. beardown1 says: Jun 7, 2013 11:55 AM

    Seriously, not a single bail bondsman made the list?

  68. gbmickey says: Jun 7, 2013 12:05 PM

    From a Packer fan Barry was the best rb in the history of the league. For me he was amazing to watch and retired to soon. I applaud him though he was a humble guy who went out on his own terms, healthy, happy, and didnt have the need to prove himself with records. This very few players can say.

  69. drunkenagitator says: Jun 7, 2013 12:05 PM

    Barry Sanders was not a “quitter”. If you wanted to move on from your career would you base your choice on the opinions of some beer-drenched nitwits? He wasn’t obligated to play football until “the fans” decided he should stop, it’s his life and his decision.

    The Night Train was an all-time legend. Yes, football was just as physical and just as difficult back then as it is now, don’t be deluded by that Chris Berman-like thinking that states otherwise.

  70. gromgrimfist says: Jun 7, 2013 12:07 PM

    Sanders
    Night Train Lane
    Karras
    Layne or Barney take the 4th head

  71. timmmah10 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:23 PM

    WHERE IS TITUS YOUNG?!? He’s going to be a Hall of Famer!

    Sanders
    Night Train
    Lem Barney
    And it’s a tossup, so I’ll go with Calvin Johnson, because I think he’s definitely going to finish his career with his head included here.

  72. knuckles95 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    Wow who are coming up with these lists? How can you leave Mel Gray Jr, one of the best returners of all time and Bennie Blades off the list?

  73. johnnycash19 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:28 PM

    I went with
    LeBeau
    Sanders
    Schmidt
    Layne

    I want to put Megatron in there, but he’s still playing, he still has history to write. He’ll be in the Lions Mt. Rushmore the second after he retires, but I can’t justify giving him the spot since he is still making his history.

    No Night Train just because of the fact he ended his career with Detroit (which were said to be his best years). If he spent more time with Detroit I would have put him on there, but I think he’s more of a league legacy than a Lions legacy type of person. (I know it wasn’t with Detroit, but how do you get 14 INT’s in 12 games, when you ran more than you passed? INSANE!)

  74. nicwel says: Jun 7, 2013 12:30 PM

    I think its a shame Robert Porcher isn’t on the list.

  75. freebird2011 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:46 PM

    1. Barry Sanders

    2. Lem Barney

    3. Joe Schmidt

    4. Night Train Lane

    Why?

    All are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Honorable mention: Dick LeBeau

  76. warhammer420 says: Jun 7, 2013 12:54 PM

    Barry Sanders is easily my all time favorite NFL player. He’s the reason I became a football fan.

  77. 34trap says: Jun 7, 2013 12:59 PM

    As a Lions fan, this was a tough choice, but I went with Barry Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Yale Lary, and Bobby Layne. My reasons: Schmidt, Lary, and Layne are guys who played most (or all) of their best years in Detroit, going to pro bowls AND winning championships in the 50s. A lot of those other players were great, but where are their championships?? That’s what we’ve been missing all these years! By the way, Night Train Lane was one of the best ever, but he only spent a few years in Detroit.

  78. ss9boxer says: Jun 7, 2013 1:04 PM

    Barry Sanders, Bobby Layne, Lem Barney, Dick Night Train Lane

  79. jmp31671 says: Jun 7, 2013 1:14 PM

    Barry Sanders, Bobby Layne, Lem Barney, and Calvin Johnson.

  80. crashlion says: Jun 7, 2013 1:20 PM

    Henry Thomas
    Pat Swilling

  81. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 7, 2013 1:29 PM

    PFT should do a “Bizarro” version of the Mt. Rushmre, that way the Lions can finally be champions at something.

    My vote would be for CJ and a set of 3 Barrys. That’s how I’ll remember this mountain and that’s going to be the story I tell my descendants….

    We had these 2 great ones, and we wasted them in such a sick and horrifying way, and the lesson to be learned is do not ever be like those people. When you have something truly great and wonderful you need to embrace it and let it shine, but do not piss it away for the love of all that is good in this world.

  82. historyisyourfriend says: Jun 7, 2013 1:30 PM

    Dick LeBeau spent 14 seasons all with the Lions and had 62 INT for 7th all time and gets little to no love? That is just his playing career…not discounting Sanders or some of the other greats but priority should be on guys who spent their whole time with the org. (at least as a player). Night Train was one of the all time greats but spent time with other orgs. and that to me is a lesser place in the pantheon.

  83. aurelh23 says: Jun 7, 2013 1:32 PM

    Barry Sanders
    Calvin Johnson
    Bobby Layne
    Jason Hanson (ultimate Lion)

    Close 5th: Herman Moore

    Honorable:
    Doak Walker (only 5 years played)
    Billy Sims (short career)

  84. tampamac says: Jun 7, 2013 1:37 PM

    Not a Lions fan, but no Robert Porcher? Dude was one of the best DE’s in football for a long time.

  85. staffordsyear says: Jun 7, 2013 1:52 PM

    Much more impressive then that Vikings list.

  86. splash86mountain says: Jun 7, 2013 2:03 PM

    Barry Sanders doesn’t belong anywhere near a Lions Mount Rushmore, the dude left us in training camp and we are still suffering for it. Everything bad that has happened to the Lions in the past 14 years is partially or all of his fault.

  87. sexpanther85 says: Jun 7, 2013 2:14 PM

    Trading Bobby Layne began the curse of the Lions, not Barry Sanders. The Lions have suffered for over 50 years.

  88. liontuss says: Jun 7, 2013 2:15 PM

    1. Benny Ricardo
    2. Pat Swilling
    3. Jeff Komlo
    4. Aveion Cason

  89. fievel03 says: Jun 7, 2013 2:18 PM

    @splash86mountain – What a horribly uneducated and misguided statement.

    Everything “bad” has to do with inept owners and management not hiring the right GMs, the right coaches/scouts/etc., the right free agents, and drafting the right rookies.

    Barry Sanders does not factor into that equation.

  90. tampamac says: Jun 7, 2013 2:25 PM

    ^^^Thats like me being mad at Bo Jackson and still blaming him for the for not signing with the Bucs. Get over it man!!

  91. tampamac says: Jun 7, 2013 2:29 PM

    Boy I butchered that last post.. That should’ve read “and still blaming him for the lean years that followed for not signing with the Bucs”.

  92. fsdanimal says: Jun 7, 2013 2:40 PM

    What about Titus Young and his record?

  93. weaselpuppy says: Jun 7, 2013 2:40 PM

    Billy Sims in Spielman out. Tough to leave off Jack Christiansen (HOF Safety 46 INT).

    Night Trane-Voted best DB first 50 yrs of NFL. He played 2 more games w/the Cardinals than with Detroit and had his best statistical seasons with the Cardinals, yet he was All-Pro more w Detroit. Still won’t get my vote because Lem Barney was also a all time top 10 CB, had 12 fewer picks (still had 56), still is a HOF and embodies Detroit more ( plus he ran 7 picks, 1 fumble and 3 kicks back for TD and even punted a year). Give Lane to the Cards. They need the help.

    Lem Barney- HOF CB, Deion Sanders who could tackle, see above, face of Detroit in 60s/70s.Rushmore

    Calvin Johnson- He will get Rushmore’d someday.

    Alex Karras- Underrated and should be in HOF since Nietscke is…totally jobbed on that.

    Yale Lary- HOF DB and kicker-50INT.

    Bobby Layne- Leader of 2 Championships, hard drinking old school get it done guy. Rushmore

    Dick LeBeau- HOF DB and great D-Coord, log career in NFL 40+ yrs.

    Herman Moore- Nice player, but not a long peak.

    Barry Sanders- Rushmore. Rushmore of NFL possible. No RB was better, ever. (Jim Brown equal but different style)

    Joe Schmidt- HOF MLB for 3 championships, then coached team to winning record from 67-72. Rushmore

    Chris Spielman- Gritty MLB, star player, not close to achievements of others here though.

    Doak Walker- Star RB in HOF, won 2 titles as a Lion, was huge threat catching passes out of backfield…ahead of his time, but not as talented as Billy Sims. His college record IMO influenced his Pro accolades.

  94. fryeways says: Jun 7, 2013 3:41 PM

    Calvin
    Night Train
    Dick
    Barry.

    This was easy.

  95. radrntn says: Jun 7, 2013 3:44 PM

    Simba (lion king)
    Cowardly (from oz)
    Asian (narnia)
    Kimba (the white lion cartoon)

  96. twayward says: Jun 7, 2013 4:19 PM

    Lem Barney (7x All-Pro)
    Night Train Lane (6x All/Pro)
    Joe Schmidt (8x All-Pro)
    Barry Sanders (10x All-Pro)

  97. musicman495 says: Jun 7, 2013 4:50 PM

    Grew up a Lions fan in 60s til they broke my heart too many times. That said, I voted for:
    Barry Sanders
    Lem Barney
    Joe Schmidt
    Bobby Layne
    Really tough to choose. Karras was my boyhood favorite Lion, but he is not greater than these four. Night Train played too many years with other teams for him to beat out the others. Could easily have included LeBeau and Yale Lary, although I contend that the reason LeBeau got so many INT’s was because he played opposite Barney for so long. Also shocked that Charlie Sanders – one of the best TE’s of his era – was not a finalist.

  98. rustygrizzwald says: Jun 7, 2013 5:29 PM

    Calvin, Barry, Roy Williams, Andre Ware.

  99. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    This list is better than the Yikes, some actually noteworthy people.

    Barry Sanders is up there with Walter Payton and Eddie Lacy as my votes for best running backs of all time.

    Night Train was ridiculous.

    Doak Walker.

    I guess just those three.

    If you have to go 4, put a turducken getting stepped on, as they are best known for getting destroyed on thanksgiving.

  100. nokittycat says: Jun 7, 2013 8:52 PM

    Barry Sanders, Chuck Schmidt, Bobby Layne, Calvin Johnson

  101. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jun 7, 2013 11:31 PM

    You just lost A LOT of credibility by not nominating Billy Sims. Inconceivable.
    Nice cheap shot too. You really can’t even resist for one day can you?

  102. motownmatt says: Jun 7, 2013 11:44 PM

    Jerry Ball, Stephen Boyd, Robert Porcher, and Az Hakim

  103. bearsoxass says: Jun 8, 2013 4:34 AM

    Sanders and………Sanders

  104. primetime0552 says: Jun 8, 2013 8:05 AM

    Barry Sanders, Herman Moore, Jason Hanson

  105. plumsgramp says: Jun 8, 2013 12:18 PM

    Sanders Schmitt Barney Layne

  106. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 8, 2013 1:30 PM

    Barry, Night Train, Lebeau (had something like 60 INTs) and Megatron (on his way to being a top 3 all-time WR).

  107. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    Btw, I’d vote for Lebeau over Night Train if I had to choose. Lebeau spent his entire career with the Lions, picking off 62 passes. Night Train only spent his last 6 years with the Lions and only picked off 21 passes. His best days were with the Rams and Cardinals.

  108. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 8, 2013 1:46 PM

    motownmatt says:
    Jun 7, 2013 11:44 PM
    Jerry Ball, Stephen Boyd, Robert Porcher, and Az Hakim
    ______________________

    Porcher was an outstanding player with 95 career sacks. Shows how much you know.

  109. johncarr43 says: Jun 8, 2013 9:50 PM

    Barry Sanders, Night Train Lane, Alex Karras & Joe Schmidt

  110. sexpanther85 says: Jun 9, 2013 12:42 AM

    Bobby Layne, Joe Schmidt, Lem Barney, Barry Sanders.

  111. jj31500 says: Jun 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    From a Bears fan:

    Layne-QB’d two NFL champions
    Karras-Better known as an actor, but he a really ferocious and intimidating player at the time. When he died recently, I was surprised that he was not in the HOF.
    Sanders-best player in franchise history, of course
    Johnson-Only 27, but his talent is so extreme (and his competition not that strong) that I had to put him on.

    Night Train, Barney and Schmidt could all have been chosen, as well.

    Layne, Karras, Sander and Megatron.

  112. sfniners4life says: Jun 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    Barry sanders, Calvin then u gotta go back to night train and lebeau but I credit lebeau more for his def cord ability then him as a player. He truly one of the best def minds in the game in recent history.

  113. therealtruth01 says: Jun 10, 2013 11:21 PM

    Barry
    Night Train Layne
    Calvin
    Karras

  114. gorillasuitcelebrity says: Jun 11, 2013 10:17 PM

    They should just have Barry lay across the four spots on the mountain. Although he never should have made the Madden cover. Anybody who “knows” the game will tell you Mel Grey was the truth in the game.

  115. cheapglazers says: Jun 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    Many Many greats! Here is a list of the Detroit Lions Hall-of-Famers!

    Lem Barney
    Jack Christiansen
    Earl (Dutch) Clark
    Lou Creekmur
    Bill Dudley
    Dick (Night Train) Lane
    Yale Lary
    Bobby Layne
    Dick LeBeau
    Barry Sanders
    Charlie Sanders
    Joe Schmidt
    Doak Walker
    Alex Wojciechowicz

  116. steagles66 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:47 AM

    I think Scott Mitchell should but up there he was great

  117. nightofthehipple says: Jun 14, 2013 7:41 AM

    We have focused so much on Barry Sanders the we forgot to mention Charlie Sanders.

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