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Dick LeBeau CB
Ohio State Years with the Lions: 1959-72
Pro Bowls: 3 (1965-67) Seasons: 14
Height: 6-1  
Dick LeBeau
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When it comes to picks by Lions defenders, cornerback Dick LeBeau stands on top in Lions history. From 1959-72, LeBeau, who was well-known for his ability to anticipate and break on the ball, recorded 62 interceptions for 762 yards and three touchdowns. His 62 picks are the most by a player in Lions history, and they are tied for seventh all-time in NFL history. The 762 interception return yards ranks third all-time in team history.

He not only was productive in picking off opponent passers, but LeBeau was one of the most durable players in team history. From 1959-72, he played in 185 games which is fourth all-time in team history, and he is third all-time for the most seasons played (14). LeBeau holds the NFL record for consecutive games played by a cornerback with 171.

During his career, he earned three trips to the Pro Bowl from 1965-67. In 1970, LeBeau established a career-high nine interceptions, which are tied for sixth on the team’s all-time single-season interceptions list. He was a major defensive contributor to the Lions finishing with a 10-4 record that season. The Lions finished second in the NFC Central and earned a berth in the playoffs. LeBeau was acquired by the Lions as a free agent after being released by Cleveland in training camp prior to his rookie season. LeBeau was drafted by the Brown in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, and, while in college, he was a member of the Buckeyes 1956 National Championship team.

LeBeau's Career Lions' Stats
YearTmGIntYdsAvgTD
1959 Det 6 0 0 0.0 0
1960 Det 12 4 58 14.5 0
1961 Det 14 3 45 15.0 0
1962 Det 14 4 67 16.8 1
1963 Det 14 5 158 31.6 1
1964 Det 14 5 45 9.0 0
1965 Det 14 7 84 12.0 1
1966 Det 14 4 66 16.5 0
1967 Det 14 4 29 7.2 0
1968 Det 14 5 23 4.6 0
1969 Det 14 6 15 2.5 0
1970 Det 14 9 96 10.7 0
1971 Det 13 6 76 12.7 0
1972 Det 14 0 0 0.0 0