The story of the Detroit Lions

By:Nate Frisch

Detroit Lions history and present day

Starting off the Detroit Tigers were a very good baseball team and had much success which led to the football world success of the Detroit Lions. So, in 1934 sports enthusiast George Richards bought a team in the NFL who were at the time called the Spartans and were located in Portsmouth,Ohio but then moved to Detroit and became the Lions. During the 1930's The Lions were a winning team but during the 1940's everything went downhill. Between 1942 and 1948 the Detroit Lions were one of the worst teams in football but, in the 1950's the Lions were making there comeback. In 1952 and 1953 the Detroit Lions won 2 NFL championship games both against the Cleveland Browns. The Detroit Lions were back in the championship in 1954 but the Cleveland Browns finally conquered them. During the 1960's and 1970's Detroit couldn't figure out a way to hoist another championship trophy despite its 1950's success. Then, in the 1989 NFL draft The Lions picked arguably the best running back of all time his name was Barry Sanders. In Barry's first 6 seasons he rushed for 8,672 yards and average 1,445 yards per year. In 1991 The Detroit Lions were defeated by The Washington Redskins in the NFC championship game 41-10. Then, in 1993 The Lions lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 51-37. In the late 90's the Lions only had individual achievements as Herman Moore, Barry Sanders and Scott Mitchell all broke records for their position. Then, in 1999 the great Barry Sanders retired at the age of 30 which shocked everyone in the football world. From 2001-2006 The Lions never saw the playoffs. In 2007 Detroit selected a big wide receiver out of Georgia Tech his name was Calvin Johnson. In the 2007 season through the first 8 games Detroit was 6-2 but then went into a slump and finished the season 7-9. In 2009 Detroit ended up having the first overall pick in the NFL draft and picked a new quarterback out of The University of Georgia Matt Stafford. Despite the new quarterback upgrade the Lions still didn't manage to make the playoffs and in 2010 the Lions drafted Ndamukong Suh a defensive tackle. Then, in 2010 the Lions managed a respectable 6-10 record. In 2011 Detroit managed a 10 win season and made the playoffs for the first time in 12 years only to be knocked out by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. The Detroit Lions wanted to prove themselves in 2012 however they only managed to finish with a 4-12 record. The Detroit Lions have had many ups and downs to all of there seasons but overall they have been a very successful franchise.