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2008 Detroit Lions season
Play in Detroit, Michigan
National Football League (1930–present)
|Team colors||Honolulu Blue, Silver, Black, White|
|Fight song||Gridiron Heroes|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|General Manager||Matt Millen|
|Head Coach||Rod Marinelli|
|League Championships (4)|
|Conference Championships (4)|
|Division Championships (4)|
The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pontiac Silverdome is a Domed Stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, a Satellite city of Detroit. Ford Field is an indoor football Stadium located in Detroit Michigan that is the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team , one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. Portsmouth is a city in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Scioto County. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the National Football League (NFL) as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.
The Lions have won four pre-Super Bowl NFL Championships, the last in 1957, but have yet to qualify for the modern day Super Bowl. Wikipedia talkFeatured lists#Proposed change to all featured lists for an explanation of this and other inclusion tags below professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL Since 1957, the team has only won a single playoff game, in 1991. The 1991 NFL season was the 72nd Regular season of the National Football League.
The Detroit Lions began play as the Portsmouth Spartans for the 1929 season, drawing players from defunct independent professional and semi-pro teams in the local Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tri-state area. They immediately made an impact by twice defeating the heralded Ironton Tanks, a nearby independent professional team who had regularly played NFL member teams since the early 1920s with considerable success.  The successful 1929 season behind them, the Spartans gained full NFL membership for the 1930 season, managing a respectable 5-6-3 in league contests, while the rival Tanks became yet another casualty of the Great Depression.
Early highlights as the Portsmouth Spartans include the "iron man" game against Green Bay in 1932. The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay Wisconsin. Year 1932 ( MCMXXXII) was a Leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. In that game, Spartan coach Potsy Clark refused to make even a single substitution against the defending NFL champion Packers. Portsmouth won 19-0 and used only 11 players all game.
Also as the Portsmouth Spartans, the franchise played in an unscheduled NFL championship game against the Chicago Bears in 1932. The 1932 NFL Playoff Game was the first ever playoff game held by the National Football League (NFL the major professional American football sports league in the The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Spartans-Bears game was played because both teams ended the regular season with the same number of victories (the Spartans finished at 6-1-4 while the Bears were 6-1-6; ties were not reckoned as part of the percentage in the NFL until 1972). Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Because of blizzard conditions in Chicago, the game was moved from Wrigley Field indoors to Chicago Stadium, which allowed for only an 80-yard field; some have called the contest the first arena football game. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Wrigley Field is a Baseball Stadium in Chicago, Illinois, United States that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor sports arena in Chicago Illinois. This article is about the sport of Arena Football See Arena Football (video game for the EA Sports Video game of the same name The Bears won, 9-0, and the resulting interest led to the establishment of Eastern and Western conferences and a regular championship game beginning in 1933. Year 1933 ( MCMXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Despite great success on the field, poor revenues and the Great Depression threatened the Spartans' survival. In 1934, a group led by Detroit radio executive George Richards (owner of Detroit's powerful WJR) bought the Spartans and moved them to Detroit. Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. WJR (760 AM) is a Radio station in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Richards renamed the team the Lions, as a nod to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA He also said that the lion was the monarch of the jungle, and he intended for his team to be the monarch of the NFL.
Through Richards' radio connections, the Lions were able to play a Thanksgiving Day game in their first season in Detroit, a tradition continued to this day. The Canadian Football League also holds a Thanksgiving Day Classic on Canadian Thanksgiving.
Under quarterback Dutch Clark, Detroit won its first NFL championship in 1935. Quarterback ( QB) is a position in American and Canadian football. Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark ( October 11, 1906 &ndash August 5, 1978) was a professional football player for the Detroit
Detroit enjoyed its greatest success in the 1950s. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive Led by quarterback Bobby Layne, they won the league championship in 1952, 1953, and 1957. Robert Lawrence Layne ( December 19 1926 &ndash December 1 1986) was born in Santa Anna Texas, USA Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1957 ( MCMLVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar) They defeated the Cleveland Browns in each of those NFL Championship Games, but also lost to the Browns in the 1954 Championship Game. The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1958, after he had led the Lions to three NFL Championships and provided Detroit nearly a decade of Hall of Fame play, the Lions traded Bobby Layne. Bobby was injured during the last championship season, and the Lions thought he was through and wanted to get what they could for him. According to legend, as he was leaving for Pittsburgh, Bobby said that Detroit "would not win for 50 years. " Since this time, the Lions have not won another championship and have only a single playoff game win. Some have attributed the Lions' subsequent 49 years of futility to the "Curse of Bobby Layne. "
Notably, the Lions succeeded in one of the greatest comeback victories in NFL postseason history. Trailing the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 in the 3rd quarter of the 1957 Western Conference Playoff game, Lions quarterback Tobin Rote rallied the team back with 24 unanswered points to beat the 49ers 31-27 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team Year 1957 ( MCMLVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar) Tobin Cornelius Rote ( January 18, 1928 - June 27, 2000) was an American college and professional football player who played quarterback for the } Kezar Stadium is a Stadium located in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco California. The following week, Rote led the Lions to a decisive win over the Browns for the 1957 title. The Lions have only one playoff win since then.
On January 7, 1961, the Lions defeated the Browns 17-16 in the first-ever Playoff Bowl matching the runners-up from the two conferences into which the NFL was divided at the time (the Lions also appeared in the game in both of the next two years pursuant to their having finished second to the Green Bay Packers in the Western Conference in all three seasons; the Playoff Bowl was abolished in 1970 when the merger of the NFL and AFL went into full effect). Events 1325 - Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal. 1558 - France takes Calais, the last continental Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Playoff Bowl (officially the Bert Bell Benefit Bowl) was a post-season game for third place in the NFL, played ten times following the 1960 Note There were three earlier and unrelated major American professional football leagues of the same name One in 1926, one in 1936-1937 and one in 1940-1941
In the mid-1960s, the Lions served as the backdrop for the sports literature of George Plimpton, who spent time in the Lions training camp masquerading as a player. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 George Ames Plimpton ( March 18, 1927 &ndash September 25, 2003) was an American Journalist, Writer, This was the basic material for his book Paper Lion, later made into a movie. A Book is a set or collection of written printed illustrated or blank sheets made of Paper, Parchment, or other material usually fastened together Paper Lion, published in 1966, is a non-fiction book by prominent American writer George Plimpton.
In 1964, William Clay Ford, Sr. purchased a controlling interest in the team for $4. William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four children of Edsel Ford and a grandchild of Henry Ford. 5 million. This began a 43-year period that continues today, during which the Lions have won just one playoff game.
Motown soul singer Marvin Gaye made plans, after the death of duet partner Tammi Terrell, to join the Lions and go into football. "Motown" redirects here For the city see Detroit Michigan. Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, known as Marvin Gaye ( April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American Singer-songwriter Tammi Terrell ( April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was a Grammy Award -nominated American soul Singer He gained weight and trained for his tryout in 1970, but was cut early on. He remained friends with a number of the players, particularly Mel Farr and Lem Barney, who appear as background vocalists on his 1971 classic single "What's Going On. Melvin Farr (born November 3, 1944 in Beaumont Texas) is a former American football player Lemuel Joseph Barney (born September 8, 1945, in Gulfport Mississippi) is a former American Football Cornerback who played for the Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. " What's Going On " is a song written by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye. "
On Thanksgiving day, November 28, 1974, after over 35 years, the Lions played their final game in Tiger Stadium, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 31-27 in front of 51,157, amidst snow flurries and a 21 point Broncos 3rd quarter. Tiger Stadium (formerly Navin Field then Briggs Stadium is a Stadium located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denver, Colorado. The Lions have played their home games indoors ever since.
The Lions made the playoffs only once in the '70s, losing a defensive struggle to the Dallas Cowboys, 5-0, in 1970. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC in the National Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The team went through a string of average seasons, finishing 2nd or 3rd in the division in every season from 1970 through 1978. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Finally, in 1979, the team finished with a 2-14 record, and thus earned the first pick in the following draft. Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) The NFL Draft is an annual Sports draft in which NFL teams select newly-eligible players for their rosters
In 1980, the Lions drafted running back Billy Sims with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Billy Sims (born September 18, 1955 in St Louis Missouri) is a former College football and NFL Running back. The Lions made the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, winning the division in the latter season. However, Sims suffered a career-ending knee injury in 1984, and the team would not finish with a record above . 500 for the rest of the decade.
The 1990s were "The Barry Sanders Show" in Detroit. Barry David Sanders (born) is a former American football Running back who spent all of his professional career with the Detroit Lions in the NFL During his first season after being drafted in 1989, Sanders missed the NFL rushing title by 10 yards because he chose not to go back into the game when the Lions already had the game won. According to Wayne Fontes, when he offered Sanders the chance to gain the yardage and the rushing title, Sanders declined, reportedly saying, "Coach, let's just win it (the game) and go home. "
In 1991, the Lions started the season by being shut out on national television, 45-0, by the Washington Redskins. The NFL playoffs following the 1991 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVI. Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington D The Lions then rebounded, winning their next 4 games. They went 12-4 for the season, They won their first division title in eight years, capping the regular season with a win over the then-defending AFC Champion Buffalo Bills. The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo New York Metropolitan area, playing seven of their home games in the suburb They were inspired late in the season by the loss of guard Mike Utley, who sustained a career-ending paralysis injury against the Los Angeles Rams on November 17, 1991. Michael "Mike" Utley (b December 20, 1965) is a former American football player The St Louis Rams are a professional American football team based in St Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers As Utley was carted off the field in that game he flashed a "thumbs up" to his teammates and the Silverdome crowd. The Pontiac Silverdome is a Domed Stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, a Satellite city of Detroit. It became a rallying symbol for the remainder of the season.
In the playoffs, the Lions got their only postseason victory since 1957, when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-6 at the Silverdome. The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC in the National They lost to the Redskins in the NFC Championship Game, 41-10. The NFC Championship Game is one of the two Semi-final matches of the National Football League the largest professional American football league in the United This was the first time a team that had been shut out in its opener had reached the conference title round. Two teams have since matched this feat: The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots did it in 2003. The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The New England Patriots, commonly called the " Pats " by sports writers and fans are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar.
The Lions also made the playoffs in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999, making the 1990s one of the most successful decades in team history. The NFL playoffs following the 1993 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXVIII. The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. The NFL playoffs following the 1995 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXX. The NFL playoffs following the 1997 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXII. The NFL playoffs following the 1999 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIV. In 1993, they went 10-6, first in the NFC Central Division, but lost to the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay Wisconsin. In 1994 they lost to the Packers in the playoffs again. In 1995 they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, in embarrassing fashion, 58-37 (entering the fourth quarter, they were down 51-21). The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1997, Detroit lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (often shortened as the Bucs) are a professional American football team based in Tampa Florida. In 1999, The Lions closed out the decade reaching the playoffs for the sixth time in a ten-year span, which is a franchise record for playoff appearances during a decade. However, they lost yet again in the first round, this time to the Washington Redskins. Detroit's 1999 playoff berth also marked the second time in Bobby Ross's first three years as head coach that he led the Lions into the post season. Robert Joseph Ross (born December 23, 1936, Richmond Virginia) is a retired college and NFL football coach The last Lions' head coach to accomplish that feat was Buddy Parker, in 1952-53 during his second and third seasons at the helm. Raymond "Buddy" Parker ( December 16, 1913 &ndash March 22, 1982) is a former football player and coach in the National
In 1997, Barry Sanders ran for 2,053 rushing yards. Barry David Sanders (born) is a former American football Running back who spent all of his professional career with the Detroit Lions in the NFL Sanders was one of the greatest running backs ever to play in the NFL. Barry David Sanders (born) is a former American football Running back who spent all of his professional career with the Detroit Lions in the NFL At the time, his career total rushing 15,269 yards was second only to Walter Payton's 16,726 yards and he joined Jim Brown as the only players among the NFL's 50 all-time rushing leaders to average 5 yards a carry, so when he retired abruptly after the 1998 season, his absence left a hole in the roster that may never be filled. Walter Jerry Payton (July 25 1954 – November 1 1999 was an American football player who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player who has also made
After finishing the 2000-2001 season at 9-7, and missing the playoffs by a field goal in the season's last game, Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr. hired Matt Millen, a former player and broadcaster, as president and CEO of football operations. William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four children of Edsel Ford and a grandchild of Henry Ford. Matthew George Millen (born March 12, 1958, in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania) is a former professional football player and executive in Millen at the time had no business experience in running a football operation.
The Lions went the entire 2001(their last season at the Silverdome), 2002(their first season at Ford Field), and 2003 seasons without a road victory, thus becoming the only team in NFL history not to win on the road for three consecutive entire seasons. The streak, encompassing 24 games (also an NFL record) came to an end on September 12, 2004, when the Lions defeated the Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Events 1213 - Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon at the "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Soldier Field (formerly Municipal Grant Park Stadium) is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago Illinois, and is currently home to the NFL
Millen has also received tremendous criticism for his draft failures. Three in particular stand out: quarterback Joey Harrington, chosen third overall in the 2002 draft, was traded to the Miami Dolphins for a conditional late-round draft pick after four unremarkable seasons in Detroit; wide receiver Charles Rogers, a caution on many pre-draft reports for his fragile physique, was nonetheless chosen second overall in the 2003 draft, and played sparingly in his three injury-plagued seasons before being cut before the first game of the 2006 season; Millen's sixth first-round draft pick, Mike Williams (10th overall - 2005 draft), caught just 8 passes in eight games with the team before being traded along with Josh McCown for a 4th round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. John Joseph "Joey" Harrington Jr (born October 21, 1978 in) is an American football Quarterback who is a Free Agent of the The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. Charles Rogers (born May 23, 1981 in Saginaw Michigan) is an American football Wide receiver who is currently a Free See also Mike Williams Mike Williams (born January 4, 1984 in) is an American football Wide receiver who is currently a
Over the seven seasons of Millen's leadership as team CEO, the Detroit Lions own the NFL's worst winning percentage (31-81, . 277), have never had a winning season, have never finshed higher than third place in the NFC North, and have not played in any post-season games. Millen received a five-year contract extension at the start of the 2005 season.
On December 9, 2005, one group of Lions fans, known as "The Lions Fanatics," organized an "orange out" event, which encouraged Lions fans to show up at Detroit's Ford Field clad in orange, the color of their opponent that week, the Cincinnati Bengals. That same day, Detroit sports talk radio station WDFN organized a "Millen Man March" in protest of Millen's contract extension. WDFN is a sports-talk radio station in the Detroit Michigan, market
On December 24, 2006 another group of fans planned a walkout protest towards the end of the first half in the game against Chicago, to express their disgust with Millen. However, only around 100 fans participated in this protest, as the Lions fell to the Bears 26-21.
In 2007, the Lions started 6-2. However, they finished the season by going 1-7, their final record being 7-9.
Aside from a brief change to maroon in 1948 instituted by then head coach Bo McMillin (influenced by his years as coach at Indiana), the Lions uniforms have basically remained the same since the team debuted in 1930. Alvin Nugent "Bo" McMillin ( January 12, 1895 - March 31, 1952) was a Hall-of-Fame college football player and later successful Indiana University is the flagship campus of the Indiana University system. The design consists of silver helmets, silver pants, and either blue or white jerseys.
The blue Leaping Lion logo debuted in 1960 and is often affectionately referred to as "Bubbles" by Lions fans. There have also been minor changes to the uniform design throughout the years, such as changing the silver stripe patterns on the jersey sleeves, and changing the colors of the jersey numbers. White trim was added to the logo in 1970. In 1998, the team wore blue pants with their white jerseys along with grey socks but dumped that combination after the season. In 1999, the 'TV numbers' on the sleeves were moved to the shoulders.
The shade of blue used for Lions uniforms and logos is officially known as "Honolulu blue," which is supposedly inspired by the color of the waves off the coast of Hawaii. The shade was chosen by Cy Huston, the Lions first vice president and general manager, and of the choice, he said: "They had me looking at so many blues I am blue in the face," Huston said about the selection. "But anyway, it's the kind of blue, I am told, that will match with silver. "
In 1994, every NFL team wore 'throwback' jerseys, and the Lions' were similar to the jerseys used during their 1935 championship season. The helmets and pants were solid silver, the jerseys Honolulu blue with silver numbers and the jersey did not have 'TV numbers' on the sleeves. The team wore solid blue socks along with black shoes. The helmets also did not have a logo as helmets were simple leather back then.
The Lions also wore '50s-style jerseys during their traditional Thanksgiving Day games from 2001 to 2004 as the NFL encouraged teams to wear throwback jerseys on Thanksgiving Day.
In 2003, the team added black trim to their logo and the jerseys. The facemasks on the helmet changed from blue to black with the introduction of the new color. Additionally, an alternate home field jersey which makes black the dominant color (in place of Honolulu Blue) was introduced in 2005.
For 2008, the team dropped the black alternate jerseys in favor of throwback jerseys to commemorate the franchise's 75th anniversary. 
Detroit Lions roster
The Lions have a special "program" called Lions Legends that honors noteworthy former players. The current list of legends includes not only the hall of famers listed above, but also the following players, who according to the Lions, ". . . Created special moments and added to the lore of football in the Motor City. ":
Detroit Lions staff
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
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Paul Naumoff (born 1945 is a former American Football Linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions in a twelve year career that lasted from 1967 to Rodney Peete (born March 16, 1966 in Mesa, Arizona) is a former American football Quarterback from the University Brett Perriman (born October 10, 1965 in Miami Florida) is a former American football Wide receiver in the NFL for the Milton Ross Plum (born January 20, 1935 in Westville New Jersey) was an American football Quarterback who played for the '''Marcus LaJuan Pollard''' (born February 8, 1972 in) is an American football Tight end who is currently a Free agent. Robert Porcher (por-SHAY (born July 30, 1969) is a former American football Defensive end. Glenn Presnell ( July 28, 1905 &ndash September 13, 2004) was a football player Ernie Sims III (born December 23, 1984 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American football player for the Detroit Lions Altie Taylor (born September 29, 1947, in Pittsburg California) was an American football player Leonard Thompson may refer to Leonard Thompson (author, Yale University professor and writer on South African politics and apartheid Leonard Thompson Michael "Mike" Utley (b December 20, 1965) is a former American football player This is about the football player for the actor who played Charley Weaver see Cliff Arquette. Byron Raymond White ( June 8, 1917 &ndash April 15, 2002) won fame both as a football Running back and as an associate justice of George M 'Potsy' Clark (born March 20, 1894 in Carthage Illinois, died November 8, 1972) was a college football baseball and Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark ( October 11, 1906 &ndash August 5, 1978) was a professional football player for the Detroit Elmer Clinton "Gus" Henderson ( March 10 1889 - December 16 1965) nicknamed "Gloomy Gus" was an American George M 'Potsy' Clark (born March 20, 1894 in Carthage Illinois, died November 8, 1972) was a college football baseball and Bill Edwards ( June 21, 1905 &ndash June 12, 1987) was a head football coach at Case Western Reserve John "Bull" Karcis ( December 3, 1908 – September 4 1973) was an American football Running back in the Charles Emile "Gus" Dorais ( July 2, 1891 in Chippewa Falls WI – January 3, 1954 in Birmingham MI) was Alvin Nugent "Bo" McMillin ( January 12, 1895 - March 31, 1952) was a Hall-of-Fame college football player and later successful Raymond "Buddy" Parker ( December 16, 1913 &ndash March 22, 1982) is a former football player and coach in the National George Wilson ( February 3, 1914 &ndash November 23, 1978) was a professional football end and later a coach Harry Vincent Gilmer Jr (born April 14, 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former American football halfback and Joseph Paul Schmidt (born January 18, 1932) is a former American football player and coach at both the collegiate and professional levels Donald William McCafferty ( March 12, 1921 – July 28, 1974) was a football coach who in his first year as head coach of the Rick Forzano (born November 20, 1928) was a football coach at the high school collegiate and professional levels most prominently as head coach of the Tommy Hudspeth was a football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels Monte Dale Clark (born January 24, 1937 in Fillmore California) was a football player and coach who served as head coach for two National Darryl Rogers (born May 28, 1935) was an American football coach Wayne Fontes (born February 2, 1940) is a former American football coach and college and professional football player who was the head coach of the Robert Joseph Ross (born December 23, 1936, Richmond Virginia) is a retired college and NFL football coach Gary O Moeller (born in Lima Ohio) is an American football coach best known for being head coach at the University of Michigan from 1990 to 1994 Marty Mornhinweg (born March 29, 1962 in Edmond Oklahoma) is currently the Offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles, having Steve Mariucci (born November 4, 1955 in Iron Mountain Michigan) is a former National Football League coach most recently for the Detroit Richard Manual Jauron (born October 7, 1950 in Peoria Illinois) has been the Head coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Rodney (Rod Marinelli (born July 13, 1949 in Rosemead California) is the Head coach of the Detroit Lions, the twenty-fourth William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four children of Edsel Ford and a grandchild of Henry Ford. The name Bill Ford might also refer to the former baseball player Matthew George Millen (born March 12, 1958, in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania) is a former professional football player and executive in Martin R Mayhew (born October 8, 1965 in Daytona Beach, Florida) is a former American football player who was selected by the Sheldon White (born March 1, 1965 in Dayton Ohio) is a former American football Cornerback in the NFL for the New Charles Alvin Sanders (born August 25, 1946) is a former American football player who played Tight end for the Detroit Lions from Rodney (Rod Marinelli (born July 13, 1949 in Rosemead California) is the Head coach of the Detroit Lions, the twenty-fourth Kippy Brown (born March 6 1955 in Sweetwater Tennessee) was a collegiate level starting Quarterback for Memphis State and has coached in various Jim Colletto is the current Offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, replacing Mike Martz, who was fired Samuel Lee Gash Jr (born March 7, 1969 in Hendersonville North Carolina) is a former American football fullback, who attended Shawn Jefferson (born February 22, 1969 in Jacksonville Florida) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Pat Carter was an American football player active from 1988 to 1998 Mike Barry is the assistant Offensive line coach for the National Football League Detroit Lions. Joe Barry is the Defensive coordinator for the National Football League Detroit Lions and the son-in-law of Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli Joe Cullen is the Defensive line coach for the Detroit Lions. Phillip Snow (born December 22, 1955 in Woodland California) attended Sacramento CC (1974-75 and Cal Dennis Bradford Banta (born December 14, 1970 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a retired American football Tight end The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL team staffs__NOEDITSECTION__ AFC East Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins WXYT (AM WXYT-FM, branded as 97-1 FM The Ticket is an FM station broadcasting at 97 1 FM, known locally as "The Ticket. " WXYT-FM is simulcasted on WXYT-AM 1270, unless there's a conflict with Detroit Tigers baseball or Detroit Red Wings hockey. WXYT-FM WXYT (1270 kHz) is an AM radio station located in Detroit Michigan. The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA The Detroit Red Wings are a professional Ice hockey team based in Detroit Michigan, and current Stanley Cup champions The radio announcers are Dan Miller with play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter with color commentatary, and Tony Ortiz with sideline reports. Dan Miller may refer to Dan Miller (Canadian politician, former Premier of British Columbia Dan Miller (U
Starting in 2008, the flagship TV station for preseason games will be WWJ-TV, CBS 62 in the Detroit market with Frank Beckmann on play-by-play, Eric Kramer with color commentary, and Steve Courtney with sideline reports. WWJ-TV is the CBS - Owned and operated station in Detroit, Michigan. They are simulcasted on WNEM-TV 5 CBS in the Flint / Tri-Cities market. WNEM-TV, channel 5 is the CBS -affiliated Television station for Mid- Michigan that is licensed to Bay City.