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Defense: • Tackles • Sacks • Interceptions
Offense: • Receiving • Rushing • Passing
Special Teams: • Kicking • Punting • Kick Returns • Punt Returns

 

****  Denotes Current Player

Detroit Lions Interception Records
Most Passes Intercepted, Career
 PlayerInt.YdsAvgTDYears
1. Dick LeBeau 62 762 12.3 3 1959-72
2. Lem Barney 56 1,077 19.2 7 1967-77
3. Yale Lary 50 787 15.7 2 1952-53, 56-64
Most Passes Intercepted, Season
 PlayerInt.YdsAvgTDYear
1. Don Doll 12 163 13.6 1 1950
2. Jack Christensen 12 238 19.8 1 1953
3. Don Doll 11 301 27.4 1 1949
Most Passes Intercepted, Game
 PlayerInt.OppDate
1. Don Doll 4 Chi 10/23/49
2. Kurt Schulz 3 at Chi 9/24/00
16 times -- most recent
Most Interception Return Yards, Career
 PlayerYdsInt.AvgTDYears
1. Lem Barney 1,077 56 19.2 7 1967-77
2. Yale Lary 787 50 15.7 2 1952-53, 56-64
3. Dick LeBeau 762 62 12.3 3 1959-72
4. J. Robert Smith 719 29 24.8 3 1949-54
Most Interception Return Yards, Season
 PlayerYdsInt.AvgTDYear
1. Don Doll 301 11 27.4 1 1949
2. Jack Christensen 238 12 19.8 1 1953
3. Lem Barney 232 10 23.2 3 1967
4. Chris Houston 225 5 45.0 2 2011

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Detroit Lions Tackle and Sack Records
Most Tackles, Career
 PlayerTacklesYears
1. Chris Spielman 1,138 1988-95
2. Bennie Blades 815 1988-96
3. Stephen Boyd 773 1995-2001
Most Tackles, Season
 PlayerTacklesSeason
1. Chris Spielman 195 1994
2. Stephen Boyd 192 1997
3. Stephen Boyd 184 1999
4. Ernie Sims 172 2007
Most Tackles, Game
 PlayerTacklesOppDate
1. Paul Naumoff 21 vs. Cle 11/9/75
2. Stephen Boyd 19 at Was 11/9/97
3. Stephen Boyd 19 at GB 11/21/99
4. Stephen Boyd 19 vs. Den 12/25/99

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Most Quarterback Sacks, Career  
 PlayerSacksYears
1. Robert Porcher 95.5 1992-2004
2. Al "Bubba" Baker 75.5 1978-82
3. Mike Cofer 63.0 1983-92
4. William Gay 61.0 1978-87
5. Tracy Scroggins 60.5 1992-2001
Most Quarterback Sacks, Season
 PlayerSacksYear
1. Al "Bubba" Baker 23 1978
2. Al "Bubba" Baker 18 1980
3. Al "Bubba" Baker 16 1979
4. Robert Porcher 15.0 1999
Most Quarterback Sacks, Game
 PlayerSacksOppDate
1. William Gay 5.5 at TB 9/4/83
2. Al "Bubba" Baker 5.0 vs. TB 11/12/78
3. Al "Bubba" Baker 4.0 vs. SD 10/22/78
4. Doug English 4.0 vs. Den 11/23/78
5. Al "Bubba" Baker 4.0 vs. Chi 11/22/79
6. Doug English 4.0 vs. Min 12/12/82
7. Keith Ferguson 4.0 at Phi 11/16/86

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Detroit Lions Receiving Records
Most Receptions, Career
 PlayerRecYdsAvgTDYears
1. Herman Moore 670 9,174 13.7 62 1991-2001
2. Calvin Johnson **** 585 9,575 16.4 68 2007-
3. Johnnie Morton 469 6,499 13.9 21 1994-2001
Most Receptions, Season
 PlayerRecYdsAvgTDYear
1. Herman Moore 123 1,686 13.7 14 1995
2. Calvin Johnson **** 122 1,964 16.1 5 2012
3. Brett Perriman 108 1,488 13.8 9 1995
Most Receptions, Game
 PlayerRecOppDate
1t. Herman Moore 14 vs. Chi 12/4/95
1t. Calvin Johnson **** 14 vs. Dal 10/27/13
2. Calvin Johnson **** 13 at Ind 12/2/12
3. James Jones 12 at Cle 9/28/86
4. Brett Perriman 12 at Chi 11/29/95
5. 2 more with 12 receptions      
Most Receiving Yards, Career
 PlayerYdsRecAvgTDYear
1. Calvin Johnson **** 9,575 585 16.4 68 2007-
2. Herman Moore 9,174 670 13.7 61 1991-2001
3. Johnnie Morton 6,499 469 13.9 35 1994-2001
Most Receiving Yards, Season (1,000-yard seasons)
 PlayerYdsRecAvgTDYear
1. Calvin Johnson **** 1,964 122 16.1 5 2012
2. Herman Moore 1,686 123 13.7 14 1995
3. Calvin Johnson **** 1,681 96 17.5 16 2011
4. Calvin Johnson **** 1,492 84 17.8 12 2013
Most Receiving Yards, Game
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Calvin Johnson **** 329 vs. DAL 10/27/13
2. Cloyce Box 302 vs. Bal 12/3/50
3. Richard Johnson 248 vs. NO 12/3/89
Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career
 PlayerTDRecYdsAvgYears
1. Calvin Johnson **** 68 585 9,575 16.4 2007-
2. Herman Moore 62 666 9,098 13.7 1991-2001
3. Johnnie Morton 35 469 6,499 13.9 1994-2001
  Terry Barr 35 227 3,810 16.8 1957-65
  Leonard Thompson 35 277 4,682 16.9 1975-86
6. Cloyce Box 32 129 2,665 20.7 1949-50, 52-54
7. Charlie Sanders 31 336 4,817 14.3 1968-77
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Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season
 PlayerTDRecYdsAvgYear
1. Calvin Johnson **** 16 96 1,681 17.5 2011
2. Cloyce Box 15 42 924 22.0 1952
3. Herman Moore 14 123 1,686 13.7 1995
4. Terry Barr 13 66 1,086 16.5 1963
5t. Calvin Johnson **** 12 84 1,492 17.8 2013
Calvin Johnson **** 12 77 1,120 14.5 2010
  Calvin Johnson **** 12 78 1,331 17.1 2008
  Leon Hart 12 35 544 15.5 1951

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Detroit Lions Rushing Records
Most Yards Gained, Career
 PlayerYdsAttAvgTDYears
1. Barry Sanders 15,269 3,062 5.0 99 1989-98
2. Billy Sims 5,106 1,131 4.5 42 1980-84
3. Dexter Bussey 5,105 1,203 4.2 18 1975-84
Most Yards, Season (1,000-yard seasons)
 PlayerYdsAttAvgTDYear
1. Barry Sanders 2,053 335 6.1 11 1997
2. Barry Sanders 1,883 331 5.7 7 1994
3. Barry Sanders 1,553 307 5.1 11 1996
4. Barry Sanders 1,548 342 4.5 16 1991
5. Barry Sanders 1,500 314 4.8 11 1995
6. Barry Sanders 1,491 343 4.3 4 1998
7. Barry Sanders 1,470 280 5.3 14 1989
8. Billy Sims 1,437 296 4.9 13 1981
9. Barry Sanders 1,352 312 4.3 9 1992
Most Yards Rushing, Game
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Barry Sanders 237 vs. TB 11/13/94
2. Barry Sanders 220 at Min 11/24/91
3. Barry Sanders 216 vs. Ind 11/23/97
4. Barry Sanders 215 at TB 10/12/97
5. Bob Hoernschemeyer 198 vs. NYY 11/23/50
Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career
 PlayerTDAttYdsAvgYears
1. Barry Sanders 99 3,062 15,269 5.0 1989-98
2. Billy Sims 42 1,131 5,106 4.5 1980-84
3. Nick Pietrosante 28 938 3,933 4.2 1959-65
4. Mel Farr 26 739 3,072 4.2 1967-73
Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season
 PlayerTDAttYdsAvgYear
1. Barry Sanders 16 342 1,548 4.5 1991
2. Barry Sanders 14 280 1,470 5.3 1989
3. Billy Sims 13 313 1,303 4.2 1980
4. Billy Sims 13 296 1,437 4.9 1981
5. Barry Sanders 13 255 1,304 5.1 1990
Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game
 PlayerTDOppDate
1. Barry Sanders 4 at Min 11/24/91
3. Mikel Leshoure **** 3 at Jac 11/04/12
2. Dutch Clark 3 vs. Bkn 10/22/34
4. 13 more with 3 touchdowns
Longest Rushing Plays
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Bob Hoernschemeyer 96t vs. NYY 11/23/50
2. Bob Hoernschemeyer 85t vs. GB 11/22/51
3. Barry Sanders 85 at TB 10/2/94
4. Barry Sanders 84 vs. Chi 10/23/94
5. Barry Sanders 82t at TB 10/12/97

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Detroit Lions Passing Records
Most Passing Yards, Career
 PlayerYdsAttCmpCmp%TDIntRtgYears
1. Matthew Stafford **** 18,094 2,577 1,534 59.5 112 74 83.5 2009-
2. Bobby Layne 15,710 2,193 1,074 49.0 118 142 63.7 1950-58
3. Scott Mitchell 12,647 1,850 1,049 56.7 79 57 79.2 1994-98
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Most Passing Yards, Season
 PlayerYdsAttCmpCmp%TDIntRtgYear
1. Matthew Stafford **** 5,038 663 421 63.5 41 16 96.6 2011
2. Matthew Stafford **** 4,967 727 435 59.8 20 17 79.8 2012
3. Matthew Stafford **** 4,650 634 371 58.5 29 19 84.2 2013
4. Scott Mitchell 4,338 583 346 59.3 32 12 92.3 1995
Most Passing Yards, Game
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Matthew Stafford **** 520 at GB 01/01/12
2. Matthew Stafford **** 488 vs. DAL 10/27/13
3. Matthew Stafford **** 443 vs. ATL 12/22/12
Most Touchdown Passes, Career
 PlayerTDAttCmpCmp%YdsIntRtgYears
1. Bobby Layne 118 2,193 1,074 49.0 15,710 142 63.7 1950-58
2. Matthew Stafford **** 112 2,577 1,534 59.5 18,094 74 83.5 2009-
3. Greg Landry 80 1,747 957 54.8 12,451 81 73.4 1968-78
Most Touchdown Passes, Season
 PlayerTDAttCmpCmp%YdsIntRtgYear
1. Matthew Stafford **** 41 663 421 63.5 5,038 16 96.6 2011
2. Scott Mitchell 32 583 346 59.3 4,338 12 92.3 1995
3. Matthew Stafford **** 29 634 371 58.5 4,650 19 84.2 2013
Most Touchdown Passes, Game
 PlayerTDOppDate
1. Matthew Stafford **** 5 vs. Car 11/20/11
  Matthew Stafford **** 5 at GB 01/01/12
  Matthew Stafford **** 5 vs. Cle 11/22/09
  Gary Danielson 5 vs. Min 12/9/78
Most Pass Completions, Career
 PlayerCmpAttCmp%YdsTDIntRtgYears
1. Matthew Stafford **** 1,534 2,577 59.5 18,094 112 74 83.5 2009-
2. Bobby Layne 1,074 2,193 49.0 15,710 118 142 63.7 1950-58
3. Scott Mitchell 1,049 1,850 56.7 12,647 79 57 79.2 1994-98
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Most Pass Completions, Season
 PlayerCmpAttCmp%YdsTDIntRtgYear
1. Matthew Stafford **** 435 727 59.8 4,967 20 17 79.8 2012
2. Matthew Stafford **** 421 663 63.5 5.038 41 16 96.6 2011
3. Jon Kitna 372 596 62.4 4,208 21 22 79.9 2006
4. Matthew Stafford **** 371 634 58.5 4,650 29 19 84.2 2013
Most Pass Completions, Game
 PlayerCmpOppDate
1. Matthew Stafford **** 37 vs. Atl 12/23/12
2. Charlie Batch 36 at Arz 11/8/01
  Matthew Stafford**** 36 at GB 01/01/12
3. Shaun Hill **** 35 at GB 10/3/10
Highest Passing Rating, Career (min. 500 att.)
 PlayerRtgAttCmpCmp%YdsTDIntYears
1. Matthew Stafford **** 83.5 2,577 1,534 59.5 18,094 112 74 2009-
2. Jon Kitna 79.6 1,277 795 62.3 9,034 44 47 2006-08
3. Scott Mitchell 79.2 1,850 1,049 56.7 12,647 79 57 1994-98

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Detroit Lions Kicking Records
Most Points, Career
 PlayerTotalTDRuPaMiscPATFG2 ptSYears
1. Jason Hanson 2,152 0 0 0 0 665 495 0 0 1992-
2. Eddie Murray 1,113 0 0 0 0 381 244 0 0 1980-91
3. Barry Sanders 654 109 99 10 0 0 0 0 0 1989-98
Most Points, Season
 PlayerTotalTDRuPaMiscPATFG2 ptSYear
1. Jason Hanson 135 0 0 0 0 38 32 0 0 2012
2. Jason Hanson 132 0 0 0 0 48 28 0 0 1995
3. Jason Hanson 130 0 0 0 0 28 34 0 0 1993
Most Extra Points, Career
 PlayerXPXPAXP%Years
1. Jason Hanson 665 673 98.7 1992-
2. Eddie Murray 381 386 98.7 1980-91
3. Errol Mann 213 222 95.9 1969-76
Most Extra Points, Season
 PlayerXPXPAXP%Year
1. Jason Hanson 54 54 100.0 2011
2. Jason Hanson 48 48 100.0 1995
3. Eddie Murray 46 46 100.0 1981
4. Doak Walker 43 44 97.7 1951
Most Field Goals, Career
 PlayerFGFGAFG%Years
1. Jason Hanson 495 601 82.4 1992-
2. Eddie Murray 244 325 75.1 1980-91
3. Errol Mann 141 214 65.9 1969-76
Most Field Goals, Season
 PlayerFGFGAFG%Year
1. Jason Hanson 34 43 79.1 1993
1. Jason Hanson 32 36 88.9 2012
2. Jason Hanson 29 33 87.9 1998
3. Jason Hanson 29 33 87.9 2006
4. Jason Hanson 29 35 82.9 2007
5. Jason Hanson 28 34 82.4 1995
Most Field Goals, Game
 PlayerFGOppDate
1. Garo Yepremian 6 at Min 11/13/66
2. Jason Hanson 6 vs. Min 10/17/99
3. Eddie Murray 5 at GB 9/14/80
4. Jason Hanson 5 vs. GB 11/27/03
Longest Field Goals (All-Time 50-yard FG)
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Jason Hanson 56 vs. Cle 10/8/95
2. Jason Hanson 56 at Car 11/16/08
3. Jason Hanson 55 vs. Ind 11/23/97
Highest Field Goal Percentage, Career (min. 100 att.)
 PlayerFG%FGFGAYears
1. Jason Hanson 82.40 495 601 1992-
2. Eddie Murray 75.08 244 325 1980-91
3. Errol Mann 65.89 141 214 1969-76
Highest Field Goal Percentage, Season (min. 20 att.)
 PlayerFG%FGFGAYear
1. Jason Hanson 95.65 22 23 2003
2. Jason Hanson 95.45 21 22 2008
3. Eddie Murray 95.24 20 21 1988
4. Eddie Murray 95.24 20 21 1989

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Detroit Lions Punting Records
Most Punts, Career
 PlayerPuntYdsAvgYears
1. Nick Harris 694 29,857 43.0 2003-present
2. Jim Arnold 536 22,893 42.7 1986-93
3. Yale Lary 503 22,279 44.3 1952-53, 56-64
  John Jett 503 21,494 42.7 1997-2003
Highest Gross Punting Average, Career (min. 80 punts)
 PlayerAvgPuntYdsYears
1. Yale Lary 44.29 503 22,279 1952-53, 56-64
2. Nick Harris 43.02 694 29,857 2003-present
3. Mark Royals 42.96 126 5,413 1995-96
Highest Gross Punting Average, Season (min. 40 punts)
 PlayerAvgPuntYdsYear
1. Yale Lary 48.44 52 2,519 1961
2. Yale Lary 47.13 45 2,121 1959
3. Yale Lary 46.25 67 3,099 1964
4. Yale Lary 45.27 52 2,354 1962
5. Nick Harris 44.95 66 2,967 2006
Highest Net Punting Average (Min. 40; Since '76), Season
 PlayerNetPuntYdsAvgLgIn20Year
1. Jim Arnold 39.6 46 2007 43.6 60 17 1987
2. Nick Harris 38.2 66 2967 45.0 67 18 2006
3. John Jett 38.0 91 3838 42.2 57 29 2002
Most Punts Inside-the-20 (Since '76), Career
 PlayerIn20PuntYdsAvgLgNetYears
1. Nick Harris 210 694 29,857 43.0 67 36.4 2003-present
2. John Jett 154 503 21,494 42.7 62 35.8 1997-2003
3. Jim Arnold 124 536 22,893 42.7 71 35.8 1986-93
Most Punts Inside-the-20 (Since 1976), Season
 PlayerIn20PuntYdsAvgLgNetYear
1. Nick Harris 34 84 3656 43.5 60 36.9 2005
2. John Jett 33 93 4044 43.5 59 34.8 2000
3. Nick Harris 32 92 3765 40.9 60 34.2 2004
Longest Punts
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Bill Shepherd 85 vs. NYG 11/15/36
2. Bill DeCorrevont 81 at Was 10/6/46
3. Pat Studstill 78 vs. GB 10/8/67

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Detroit Lions Kick Return Records
Most Kickoff Returns, Career
 PlayerKRYdsAvgTDYears
1. Mel Gray 216 5,478 25.4 5 1989-94
2. Eddie Drummond 213 5,026 23.6 2 2002-06
3. Desmond Howard 155 3,733 24.1 0 1999-02
Most Kickoff Returns, Season
 PlayerKRYdsAvgTDYear
1. Glyn Milburn 64 1,627 25.4 0 1996
2. Eddie Drummond 62 1,349 21.8 0 2006
3. Desmond Howard 57 1,447 25.4 0 2001
4. Desmond Howard 57 1,401 24.6 0 2000
Most Kickoff Returns, Game
 PlayerKROppDate
1. Aveion Cason 9 at SD 12/16/07
2. Mel Gray 8 vs. Dal 11/8/92
3. Desmond Howard 8 at Pit 12/23/01
Most Kickoff Return Yards, Career
 PlayerYdsKRAvgTDYears
1. Mel Gray 5,478 216 25.4 5 1989-94
2. Eddie Drummond 5,026 213 23.6 2 2002-06
3. Desmond Howard 3,733 155 24.1 0 1999-02
Most Kickoff Return Yards, Season
 PlayerYdsKRAvgTDYear
1. Glyn Milburn 1,627 64 25.4 0 1996
2. Stefan Logan **** 1,448 54 26.8 1 2010
3. Desmond Howard 1,447 57 25.4 0 2001
4. Terry Fair 1,428 51 28.0 2 1998
Most Kickoff Return Yards, Game
 PlayerKROppDate
1. Wally Triplett 294 at LA 10/29/50
2. Desmond Howard 229 vs. Cin 10/28/01
3. Terry Fair 224 at GB 9/6/98
Most Kickoff Returns for TDs, Career
 PlayerKRYdsAvgTDYears
1. Mel Gray 5 216 5,478 25.4 1989-94
2. Eddie Drummond 2 213 5,026 23.6 2002-06
3. Bobby Williams 2 46 1,219 26.5 1968-71
4. Ron Jessie 2 47 1,237 26.3 1971-74
5. Terry Fair 2 51 1,428 28.0 1998-01
Most Kickoff Returns for TDs, Season
 PlayerKRYdsAvgTDYear
1. Mel Gray 3 45 1,276 28.4 1994
2. Eddie Drummond 2 41 1,092 26.6 2004
3. Ron Jessie 2 16 470 29.4 1971
4. Terry Fair 2 51 1,428 28.0 1998

There have been 19 times a player has recorded one kickoff return for a touchdown during a single season.

Longest Kickoff Returns
 PlayerKROppDate
1. Terry Fair 105t vs. TB 9/28/98
  Stefan Logan **** 105t vs. STL 10/10/10
3. Terry Barr (92 yds)
Gene Gedman (12 yds)
104t at LA 10/26/58
4. Ron Jessie 102t vs. Chi 10/24/71
5. Mel Gray 102t vs. Chi 10/23/94

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Detroit Lions Punt Return Records
Most Punt Returns, Career
 PlayerPRYdsAvgTDYears
1. Pete Mandley 143 1,360 9.5 2 1984-88
2. Lem Barney 143 1,312 9.2 2 1967-77
3. Mel Gray 132 1,427 10.8 2 1989-94
Most Punt Returns, Season
 PlayerPRYdsAvgTDYear
1. Robbie Martin 52 450 8.7 1 1981
2. Glyn Milburn 47 433 9.2 0 1997
3. Pete Mandley 43 420 9.8 1 1986
Most Punt Return Yards, Career
 PlayerYdsPRAvgTDYears
1. Mel Gray 1,427 132 10.8 2 1989-94
2. Pete Mandley 1,360 143 9.5 2 1984-88
3. Lem Barney 1,312 143 9.2 2 1967-77
Most Punt Return Yards, Season
 PlayerYdsPRAvgTDYear
1. Walter Stanley 496 36 13.8 0 1989
2. Pat Studstill 457 29 15.8 0 1962
3. Desmond Howard 457 31 14.7 1 2000
Most Punt Return Yards, Game
 PlayerYdsOppDate
1. Eddie Drummond 199 at Jax 11/14/04
2. Tom Watkins 184 vs. SF 10/6/63
3. Jack Christansen 175 vs. GB 11/22/51
Highest Punt Return Average, Career (min. 50 returns)
 PlayerAvgPRYdsTDYears
1. Jack Christiansen 12.75 85 1,084 8 1951-58
2. Pat Studstill 12.14 59 716 0 1961-67
3. Desmond Howard 12.07 68 821 2 1999-2002
Highest Punt Return Average, Season (min. 20 returns)
 PlayerAvgPRYdsTDYear
1. Pat Studstill 15.76 29 457 0 1962
2. Mel Gray 15.40 25 385 1 1991
3. Desmond Howard 14.74 31 457 1 2000
Most Punt Returns for Touchdowns, Career
 PlayerTDPRYdsAvgYears
1. Jack Christiansen 8 85 1,084 12.8 1951-58
2. Eddie Drummond 4 108 1,058 9.8 2002-06
3. Yale Lary 3 126 758 6.0 1952-53, 56-64
4. Tom Watkins 3 86 928 10.8 1962-67

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