The end of the 2019 season marks the end of another decade of Detroit Lions football. While the team may have wished to accomplish more over the last 10 years, individuals who donned the Honolulu Blue over the years have a lot to be proud of.
Today, we honor the best of Lions from the 2010s, voted on by the Pride of Detroit staff.
Matthew Stafford was selected first overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 draft. He started nearly every game for the team this decade, with an eight-year start streak from 2011-2019. Stafford became the fastest quarterback to even throw for 40,000 career yards in 2019. He reached career highs with 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns. His 256 career touchdown passes is the 19th highest total in NFL history. His 41,025 career passing yards is 18th in NFL history. Stafford holds the franchise record in passing touchdowns, passing yards and pass completions.
Second team: Shaun Hill
Reggie Bush is widely regarded as one of the greatest college football players of all time due to his successful, Heisman winning* career at Southern California. He was selected second overall in the 2006 draft by the New Orleans Saints. Bush signed with the Lions in 2013 and played two years with the team.
He rushed for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns in his two seasons in Detroit. He also caught 94 passes for 759 yards and three touchdowns in that span. Bush rushed for 1,006 yards in 2013, becoming the only Lions rusher to break the 1,000 yard mark to do so since Kevin Jones did so in 2004.
Kerryon Johnson was selected by the Lions in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. In 2018, he ran for 101 yards in a Week 3 game against the New England Patriots, becoming the first Lions player to rush for over 100 yards in a single game since 2014.
Second team: Theo Riddick, Joique Bell
Calvin Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. He was selected by the Lions second overall in the 2007 NFL draft. He retired after nine seasons with the Lions in 2015. He had 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns in 135 career games.
In 2012, Johnson set an NFL record with 1,964 yards in a single season. He holds three of the four all-time highest receiving totals over a single season in franchise history. Johnson holds franchise records in receiving yards, touchdowns and receptions.
Golden Tate signed with the Lions from the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. he did not miss a single game from the time he signed with Detroit until he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles midway through the 2018 season. He caught over 90 passes in each of his four seasons in Detroit, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards in three of them. In 2013, he caught 99 passes for 1,331 yards, both career highs.
He totaled 416 catches for 4,741 yards and 22 touchdowns in 71 games for the Lions.
Second team: Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay
Eric Ebron was selected 10th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2014 NFL draft. He played four years in Detroit before being released in 2018. Ebron caught 186 passes for 2,070 yards and 11 touchdown in 56 games as a Lion. He ranks fifth all time in franchise history for tight ends in receiving yards and receptions, and sixth in touchdowns.
In 2016, he caught 61 passes for 711 yards. Both are the third highest total for a tight end in franchise history.
Brandon Pettigrew was selected 20th overall by the Lions in the 2009 NFL draft. The tight end spent his entire seven-year career with Detroit. He caught 301 passes for 2,965 yards in 93 games played.
In 2011, he caught 83 passes for 777 yards, setting franchise records in both categories as a tight end. He is second all-time in receptions amongst Lions tight ends and fourth in receiving yards and touchdowns.
Second team: T.J. Hockenson, Tony Scheffler
Decker was selected 16th overall by the Lions in the 2016 NFL draft. The tackle has started 55 games for Detroit in the first four years of his career. He earned a touchdown reception against the Los Angeles Rams in 2018.
Backus was selected by the Lions 18th overall in the 2001 NFL draft. He played for Detroit for the entirety of his 12 year career, only missing one game in his final season in 2012.
Second team: Rick Wagner, Riley Reiff
Larry Warford was selected by the Lions in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. He started at right guard for Detroit for 57 games over the first four years of his career. Warford signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2017 and has played there since.
Graham Glasgow was selected by the Lions in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. He has played 62 games for the Lions , and started in 58 of them since taking over a starting role midway through his rookie season. Glasgow has featured at both guard and center for the Lions.
Second team: T.J. Lang, Rob Sims
Frank Ragnow was selected 20th overall by the Lions in the 2018 NFL draft. He has played 31 games for Detroit in the first two years of his career, and has featured at both guard and center for the team.
Second team: Dominic Raiola
On Wednesday, we’ll break down the Detroit Lions’ All-Decade Team for defense.