What Hall of Fame wide receiver was drafted by the Detroit Lions, but never played a down in a Lions uniform?
There is a very interesting story behind the answer.
The Answer is: Fred Biletnikoff
The Story: In 1965 Fred was drafted in the third round by the NFL Detroit Lions. And in the second round by the AFL Oakland Raiders. Fred went to FSU. And at the end of FSU's bowl game( I believe it was the Orange Bowl). Al Davis of the Raiders. Ran on to the field. With a AFL laywer, and a contract. While a Lions rep. Was on the sidelines taking with Biletnikoff's mother. At mid-field, Al convinced Fred to sign with the AFL Raiders.
It is almost a anlogous situation, with what is the Ford Years. The Lions stand on the sideline. While other teams grab the talent.