Franchise History

Years Lg Team Name
1934-2020 NFL Detroit Lions
1930-33 NFL Portsmouth Spartans
1929 indep. Portsmouth Spartans

Top Seasons

Year Record Result
1957 8-4 Won NFL Championship
1954 9-2 Lost NFL Championship
1953 11-2 Won NFL Championship
1952 9-3 Won NFL Championship
1935 7-3 Won NFL Championship

Recent Seasons

Year Record Result
2020 5-11 Missed Playoffs
2019 3-12 Missed Playoffs
2018 6-10 Missed Playoffs
2017 9-7 Missed Playoffs
2016 9-7 Lost Wild Card Game

1st Round Draft Picks

Year Rd/Pick Player
2020 1 / 3 Jeff Okudah  CB
2019 1 / 8 T. J. Hockenson TE
2018 1 / 20 Frank Ragnow C
2017 1 / 21 Jarrad Davis LB
2016 1 / 16 Taylor Decker OT

Longest Serving GM's

Tenure Years General Manager
1967-88 22 Russ Thomas
1989-00 12 Chuck Schmidt
1958-66 9 Edwin Anderson
2008-15 8 Martin Mayhew
1951-57 7 Nick Kerbawy

Principal Owners

Tenure Years Owner
2020-21 2 Sheila Ford Hamp
2014-19 6 Martha Firestone Ford
1961-13 53 William Clay Ford Sr.
1948-60 13 Lyle Fife
1948-60 13 Edwin Anderson
1940-47 8 Fred Mandel
1934-39 6 George Richards
1932-33 2 Homer Selby
1928-31 4 City of Portsmouth, Ohio
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