3. Darius Slay
No matter how you feel about Darius Slay, there is no denying how great he was for the Lions. Slay was drafted in 2013 and played for the Lions until the 2020 season. Darius Big Play Slay earned his nickname throughout his time as a Lion. In 2017, Slay tied for first in the league in interceptions with eight and led the NFL with 26 passes defended. Slay made three consecutive pro bowls, 2017-2019. Slay has struggled this season but no doubt when he was in Detroit, he was one of the best corners in the NFL.
My favorite Lion of all time, Matthew Stafford. Stafford has been the most important player on the Lions since 2010. He is the only reason the Lions even have a chance at winning nowadays. Stafford will go down as the most underrated quarterback ever. In his first healthy season, 2011, Stafford threw for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns. Stafford Leads the Lions all-time in all of the following categories: yards, completion percentage, and touchdowns. In 2019, Stafford became the fastest quarterback to 40,000 yards. Stafford ranks 16th all-time in passing yards, with 45,109, and ranks 16th in passing touchdowns with 282. The only thing Stafford doesn’t have is team success. That’s not his fault at all, Stafford has only had 11 100-yard rushers 11 times. Plus, his defenses have been awful these last few years. The only good defense Stafford has had was in 2014. The point is, Stafford is a great player stuck on a terrible team.
The future Hall of Famer, Megatron, Calvin Johnson. You can call him a lot of names. Despite his early retirement in 2015, Calvin Johnson is the best player the Lions have had not only since 2010 but since Barry Sanders. Calvin Johnson ranks first in Lions history in receptions with 731, in touchdown receptions with 83, and yards with 11,619. All in just nine years. Johnson ranks third all-time in NFL receiving yards through nine years. Johnson broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a single season in 2012 with 1,964 yards.
That’s the list, some names were hard to leave off. Let me know what you guys think of the list.