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Detroit Lions’ All-Time Receiving Leaders (Yardage)
The Detroit Lions have been a punching bag for NFL fans over the years, and are one of the hardest-luck and poorly run franchises ever. They have never sniffed a Super Bowl appearance, but the Lions have won four championships, though not one since 1957. Still, they have fielded some excellent offensive players, most notably Barry Sanders and Herman Moore, and Moore leads a list of our all-time Top 10 in Lions’ receiving yardage history:
Herman Moore (9174)—When the Lions had both Sanders and Moore on their team, they were pretty decent. Moore, in particular, was one of the best receivers in the NFL during his tenure, all with the Lions except for one short stint with the Giants. Moore played for Detroit from 1991 to 2001, and ranks first in team history with 9174 receiving yards. He made the Pro Bowl four times, three times as first team All Pro, and his best season was 1995, when Moore had career highs in receptions (123), receiving yards (1686) and touchdown catches (14). The 123 receptions was an NFL record until Marvin Harrison caught 143 passes in 2002, and the 1686 yards ranks sixth best in NFL history for a single season.
Johnny Morton (6499)—Johnny Morton played most of his career in Detroit, from 1994 to 2001, and ranks second in Lion’s history with 6499 receiving yards. Morton’s best season was 2001, when he caught 77 passes for a career best 1154 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Brett Perriman (5244)—Brett Perriman had some of his best seasons in Detroit, where he played from 1991 to 1996. Perriman ranks third in franchise history with 5244 and he and Moore teamed up to be one of the best tandems in the NFL. In fact, Moore’s record-breaking season was complemented by Perriman’s 1995 campaign, which was his best as well with career highs in receptions (108), receiving yards (1488) and TD catches (9).
Gail Codgill (5221)—Split end Gail Codgill played for Detroit from 1960 to 1968, and ranks fourth in team history with 5221 receiving yards. Codgill made the Pro Bowl three times in a Lions’ uniform, and his best season 1962, when he had career highs in receptions (53) and receiving yards (991) with 7 touchdowns.
Charlie Sanders (4817)—Tight end Charlie Sanders played his entire career in Detroit, from 1968 to 1977, and ranks fifth in Lion’s history with 4817 receiving yards. Sanders made the Pro Bowl seven times, three of those as a first team All Pro. Sanders had his best season in 1969, with career highs in catches (42) and receiving yards (656) with 3 TD receptions.
Leonard Thompson (4682)—Leonard Thompson played for the Lions his entire career, from 1975 to 1986, and he ranks sixth in team history with 4682 receiving yards. Thompson never made the Pro Bowl, but his best season was 1984, when he caught 50 passes for career best numbers in yards (773) and touchdowns (6).
Roy E. Williams (3884)—Roy Williams played the first few years of his career in Detroit before being traded to Dallas in 2008 (2004-08), and he ranks seventh in franchise history with 3884 receiving yards. Williams had his best season in 2006, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1310) with 7 TD catches.
Terry Barr (3810)—Terry Barr played for the Lions from 1957 to 1965, his entire career. He ranks eighth in their history with 3810 receiving yards, and Barr’s best season was 1963. That year, one of two Pro Bowl seasons for Barr, he had career highs in receptions (66), receiving yards (1086) and touchdown catches (13, led the NFL).
Freddie Scott (3651)—Freddie Scott played six seasons in Detroit, from 1978 to 1983, and ranks ninth in Lions’ history with 3651 receiving yards. Scott had his best season in a Lions’ uniform, in 1981, with 53 catches for career highs in receiving yards (1022) and TD catches (5).
Jim Gibbons (3561)—Jim Gibbons played his entire career in Detroit, from 1958 to 1968, and ranks tenth in franchise history with 3561 receiving yards. Gibbons made the Pro Bowl three times, and his best season was one of those, in 1964. That year, Gibbons caught 45 passes for career highs in yards (605) and touchdown receptions (8).