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John GordyOL
TennesseeYears with the Lions: 1957, '59-67
Pro Bowls: 3 (1964-66)Seasons: 10
Height: 6-3Weight: 248
John Gordy
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G John Gordy, who spent 10 seasons in Detroit (1957, 1959-67) was a standout offensive guard who helped anchor the right side of the Lions front from the late 1950s through most of the 1960s. He was known as an excellent blocker, especially when he pulled on sweeps, and he excelled as a pass blocker.

He teamed up with fellow G Harley Sewell to become perhaps the best tandem of guards during their time. As a rookie in 1957, Gordy was inserted as right guard and helped the Lions offense excel that season which culminated in a World Championship.

During his time in Detroit, Gordy was a three-time Pro Bowler (1964-66), and he was voted Associated Press Second Team All-NFL three times (1964, 1966 and 1967). After being drafted by the Lions in the second round of the 1957 NFL Draft, he left the game in 1958 to pursue a coaching position at the University of Nebraska, but he chose to return to the pro ranks and the Lions in 1959.