NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions have named their captains for the 2012 season. The captains were determined by a player vote, and surprisingly a total of six captains were named for this season.
The breakdown of the Lions' 2012 captains is as follows:
Offense: QB, WR
Defense: DE, LB
Special teams: K Jason Hanson, S John Wendling
In the past, the Lions usually had only four permanent captains, plus a weekly captain that changed for each game. Last year, for example, the Lions had Stafford, Dominic Raiola, Vanden Bosch and Hanson as their permanent captains. This year, Stafford, Vanden Bosch and Hanson are back as captains, and Johnson, Tulloch and Wendling are the three new captains.