We Detroiters have had our ups and down, not the least of which have been provided by the Lions. That being said, no one can call us fair-weather fans. We've shown up at Ford Field through snow and slush and a 2008 season that would test any fan's resolve. The Guide to Detroit Lions Football will explore the team's history, highs, lows, draft picks, statistics, owners, resources, tailgating and more.
If you're thinking of heading to Ford Field for a Detroit Lions game, you'll need a schedule of their home games.
Win or lose, the Detroit Lions are an institution. The FAQs answer a lot of your most-pressing questions, including:
- When was the last time the Detroit Lions had a winning football season?
- When was the last time the Detroit Lions played in the NFL playoffs?
- When was the last time the Detroit Lions won their NFC division title?
- When was the last time the Detroit Lions played in the NFC Championship game?
- When was the last time the Detroit Lions won the NFL Championship?
Round One, Pick 13: Detroit selected Nick Fairley, a defensive tackle from Auburn.
Round Two, Pick 12: Detroit selected Titus Young, a wide receiver from Boise State.
Round Two, Pick 25: Detroit used a traded pick to select Mikel Leshoure, a running back from Illinois.
Round Five, Pick 26: Detroit used a traded pick to select Douglas Hogue, a line backer from Syracuse.
Round Seven, Pick 6: Detroit used a traded pick to select Johnny Culbreath, an offensive tackle from South Carolina State.
Ford Field is a permanently-domed sports stadium that actually incorporates part of the old J.L. Hudson's warehouse in its architecture. The stadium has been home to the Detroit Lions since its completion in 2002. In addition to Lions football, Ford Field has hosted the Rolling Stones, Eminem, a Super Bowl and the Final Four games of a NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Tailgating in Detroit has a long and noble history. If the whole idea is new to you, there are some things you should know about purchasing alcohol, local laws, the best spots to park, shuttle service, port-a-potties, garbage disposal, entertainment, and food.
Detroit started the tradition of Thanksgiving-Day football back in 1934 as a marketing stunt. Since that time, the team has played every year -- with spotty results. The Thanksgiving game in 2011 will mark the team's 71st.
Need more information? There are several resources across the Internet that offer news, draft picks, depth charts, statistics, rumors, game previews, game coverage, recaps, roster, transactions, attendance, history, and all-time records.
They can't all be rock stars. The pressure of expectation, lack of experience and injury can turn even the most highly rated college football player into a bust when they turn professional; but, sometimes, a draft pick is right on the money. The history of the Detroit Lions Draft Picks since 2000 demonstrates that there is no guarantee of success, no matter how much money is paid.
Running-back Barry Sanders was drafted by the Lions in 1989. He ended up playing for the Lions for his whole career, from 1989 to 1998. During his time with the team, he was named NFC Rookie of the Year, NFL Player of the Year, and NFL MVP (1997). He was also inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Despite these accomplishments, the Lions never won a Super Bowl while Sanders was on the roster.