10 best Detroit Lions players of all-time: From Barry Sanders to Lomas Brown

Detroit Lions' Barry Sanders, Lem Barney
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The Detroit Lions are headed to the NFC Championship Game for just the second time in franchise history. They’ll visit the San Francisco 49ers inside Levi’s Stadium Sunday afternoon as the Lions look to punch their ticket to a first-ever Super Bowl appearance.

Despite the Lions’ overall struggles through the years, they do have a rich history of star players suiting up in the Motor City. We’re talking about an organization that did win four titles before the Super Bowl era.

With Detroit very much a darling around the football world, we figured it made sense to look at the 10-best Detroit Lions players in history.

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10. Lomas Brown, offensive tackle

Detroit Lions' Lomar Brown
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9. Chris Spielman, linebacker

Chris Spielman, Detroit Lions
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8. Dick LeBeau, defensive back

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7. Herman Moore, wide receiver

Detroit Lions' Herman Moore
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6. Matthew Stafford, quarterback

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
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5. Alex Karras, defensive tackle

Detroit Lions' Alex Karras
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4. Dick Night Train Lane, cornerback

Detroit Lions Dick Night Train Lane
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3. Calvin Johnson, wide receiver

Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson
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2. Lem Barney, cornerback

Detroit Lions' Lem Barney
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1. Barry Sanders, running back

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