Detroit Lions’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders


The Detroit Lions have been around for a LONG time, since 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans, and becoming the Detroit Lions in 1934.  The Lions have won four championships, but have not made it to the Super Bowl, meaning they haven’t won a title in more than 45 years—well, since 1957 to be exact.  Yikes.  But the Lions have shown flashes of competitiveness, and they have definitely fielded some great quarterbacks over the years.  Here is a short list of the Lions’ all-time leaders in passing touchdowns to date:


Bobby Layne (118)—Bobby Layne helped lead the Lions to a couple of titles, and he leads the team all-time with 118 touchdown passes.  Layne played in Detroit from 1950 to 1958, and his best season was 1951.  That year, Layne threw for 2403 yards, with a career high 26 touchdown passes, and also 23 interceptions.  All three categories led the NFL that season.


Greg Landry (80)—Greg Landry played for the Lions from 1968 to 1978, and he ranks second in franchise history with 80 TD passes.  Landry had a career high 18 touchdown passes in 1972, but his best overall season was arguably 1976—when Landry threw for 2191 yards, with 17 TD passes and just 8 picks.


Scott Mitchell (79)—Scott Mitchell played for the Lions from 1994 to 1998, and he ranks third in team history with 79 touchdown passes.  Mitchell had his best season by far in 1995, with career highs in passing yards (4338) and passing TDs (32), with 12 interceptions.


Gary Danielson (69)—Gary Danielson played in Detroit from 1977 to 1984, and he ranks fourth in Lions’ history with 69 touchdown passes.  Danielson had a career best 18 TD passes in 1978, but his best overall season was arguably 1984.  That year, Danielson threw for 3076 yards, with 17 touchdown passes and 15 picks.


Joey Harrington (60)—Joey Harrington played for the Lions from 2002 to 2005, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 60 TD passes.  Harrington had his best season in 2004, when he had career highs in passing yards (3047) and passing touchdowns (19), with 12 interceptions.

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