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Linebacker DeAndre Levy is on a Pro Bowl pace

Posted Dec 2, 2013

Currently leading the NFL with six interceptions, Levy is enjoying a breakout season

DeAndre LevyLB DeAndre Levy recorded his sixth interception of the season last Thursday vs. Green Bay. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Lions haven't had a Pro Bowl linebacker on their roster since Stephen Boyd in the 2000 season.

DeAndre Levy, however, is making a strong push to end that drought and earn his first Pro Bowl nod in his fifth NFL season (Submit your ballot).

The outside linebacker's breakout season continued to get better last week as recorded his sixth interception of the year late in the third quarter of Thursday's 40-10 victory over Green Bay.

Levy now leads the NFL in interceptions heading into the final month of the season.

No linebacker has led the NFL in interceptions in the Super Bowl era. In fact, if Levy gets one more, he'd be only the ninth linebacker since 1967 to record at least seven in a season.

Stan White's eight interceptions in 1975 are the most for a linebacker over that span. He finished tied for fourth that year for the league lead.

Levy returned one interception for a touchdown against Arizona in Week 2 and had another called back because of a penalty Week 1 against Minnesota.

He's also dropped a couple would-be interceptions this year.

"I haven't really thought about it yet," Levy said of leading the league in interceptions when asked about it after Thursday's victory over Green Bay. "It's a critical stretch for us, hopefully it won't be in vain, and we can finish this thing out the right way and get to the playoffs."

Levy, who had five interceptions in his first four NFL seasons, is also second on the team with 95 tackles. He also plays a big part in why the Lions rank third the NFL against the run (82.7 yards per game).

Levy recorded 109 tackles in 2011, the only time he's recorded more than 100 in a season.

"He is very smart," head coach Jim Schwartz said of Levy. "He's just gaining more and more experience as he plays and he's in the right place at the right time.”