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1947 Detroit Lions

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3-9-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1947 NFL Season Summary

Scored 231 points (19.2/g), 8th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 305 points (25.4/g), 8th.
 Differential of -74 points (-6.2/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 4.1-7.9.

Coach: Gus Dorais (3-9-0)

 Training Camp: Alma College (Alma, Michigan)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Roy Zimmerman 29 7 7 57 for 138, 867 yards, 7 td, 9 int, & 13 rushes for 28 yards and 1 td Washington Redskins / 7th / 58th pick / 1940
FB Camp Wilson 25 1 7 89 rushes for 412 yards, 0 td, & 5 catches for 96 yards and 0 td
LH Bill Dudley 28 5 8 80 rushes for 302 yards, 2 td, & 27 catches for 375 yards and 7 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1942
RH Elmer Madarik 25 2 5 19 rushes for 29 yards, 1 td, & 4 catches for 75 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 18th / 178th pick / 1944
LE John Greene 27 3 6 38 catches for 621 yards, 5 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 35th pick / 1944
LT Russ Thomas 23 1 12 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 22nd pick / 1946
LG Stan Batinski 30 6 9 1 fumble recovered
C Merv Pregulman 25 1 9 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1944
RG Chuck DeShane 29 2 10 1 fumble recovered
RT Mitch Olenski 27 1 8 Brooklyn Tigers / 9th / 78th pick / 1944
RE Ted Cremer 28 1 10 13 catches for 117 yards, 1 td
 Special Teams Starters
K Roy Zimmerman 29 7 7 5 of 11 field goals & 30 of 31 extra points Washington Redskins / 7th / 58th pick / 1940
P Roy Zimmerman 29 7 7 49 punts for a 42.4 average, 1 blocked Washington Redskins / 7th / 58th pick / 1940
PR Bill Dudley 28 5 8 11 punt returns for a 16.5 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1942
KR Bill Dudley 28 5 8 15 kick returns for a 23.9 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1942

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Stan Batinski 30 LG 12 9 215 5-10 Temple 3/4/1917 6
Ben Chase 24 11 0 235 6-3 Navy 3/18/1923 Rook
Ted Cook 25 le 11 5 195 6-2 Alabama 2/6/1922 Rook Brooklyn Tigers / 22nd / 221st pick / 1944
Ted Cremer 28 RE 12 10 209 6-2 Auburn 3/16/1919 1
Bob DeFruiter 29 hb 8 2 190 6-0 Nebraska 6/3/1918 2
Robert Derleth 25 1 0 230 6-3 Michigan 6/9/1922 Rook Detroit Lions / 29th / 299th pick / 1944
Chuck DeShane 29 RG 11 10 212 6-1 Alabama 12/10/1918 2
Bill Dudley 28 KR 9 8 182 5-10 Virginia 12/24/1919 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1942
Jack Dugger 24 t 12 3 230 6-3 Ohio St. 1/13/1923 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 12th pick / 1945
Leon Fichman 26 1 0 215 6-1 Alabama 2/23/1921 1
John Greene 27 LE 12 6 210 6-0 Michigan 4/21/1920 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 35th pick / 1944
George Hekkers 24 6 0 241 6-4 Wisconsin 2/18/1923 1
Ralph Heywood 26 e 12 1 203 6-2 USC 9/11/1921 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 19th pick / 1944
Bill Hillman 26 2 0 200 5-11 Tennessee 11/11/1921 Rook Detroit Lions / 27th / 246th pick / 1947
Bob Ivory 23 3 0 212 6-2 Detroit Mercy 1/29/1924 Rook Detroit Lions / 26th / 270th pick / 1945
Tommy James 24 2 0 185 5-10 Ohio St. 9/16/1923 Rook Detroit Lions / 17th / 146th pick / 1947
Elmer Jones 27 g 10 2 224 6-0 Franklin & Marshall,Wake Forest 8/4/1920 1 New York Giants / 2nd / 15th pick / 1946
Pete Kmetovic 28 hb 11 1 175 5-9 Stanford 12/27/1919 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 3rd pick / 1942
Les Lear 29 t 10 1 225 5-11 Manitoba 8/22/1918 3
Clyde LeForce 24 qb 9 2 176 5-11 Tulsa 6/4/1923 Rook Detroit Lions / 19th / 194th pick / 1945
Elmer Madarik 25 RH 8 5 200 5-11 Detroit Mercy 7/15/1922 2 Detroit Lions / 18th / 178th pick / 1944
Joe Margucci 26 hb 11 4 182 5-10 USC 9/5/1921 Rook
Kelley Mote 24 e 12 1 189 6-2 South Carolina,Duke 4/27/1923 Rook Detroit Lions / 16th / 147th pick / 1946
Reed Nilsen 26 2 0 230 6-0 BYU 1/13/1921 Rook Detroit Lions / 16th / 136th pick / 1947
Bill O'Brien 23 hb 9 1 180 6-0 none 8/25/1924 Rook
Mitch Olenski 27 RT 12 8 222 6-3 Alabama 1/13/1920 1 Brooklyn Tigers / 9th / 78th pick / 1944
Merv Pregulman 25 C 12 9 215 6-3 Michigan 10/10/1922 1 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1944
Ken Reese 26 4 0 175 5-11 Alabama 4/30/1921 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 31st / 322nd pick / 1945
Floyd Rhea 27 2 0 218 6-0 Oregon 9/21/1920 4 Brooklyn Dodgers / 15th / 134th pick / 1943
Dave Ryan 24 1 0 190 5-10 Hardin-Simmons 2/3/1923 2
John Sanchez 27 3 0 239 6-3 Redlands,San Francisco 10/12/1920 Rook New York Giants / 9th / 81st pick / 1944
Cecil Souders 26 e 11 4 210 6-1 Ohio St. 1/3/1921 Rook Washington Redskins / 25th / 259th pick / 1945
Ed Stacco 22 10 0 261 6-2 Colgate 4/16/1925 Rook Detroit Lions / 25th / 238th pick / 1946
Dick Stovall 25 11 0 202 6-0 Abilene Christian 5/4/1922 Rook
Steve Sucic 26 5 0 210 6-0 Illinois 4/21/1921 1
Frank Szymanski 24 c 12 3 225 5-11 Notre Dame 7/6/1923 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1945
Russ Thomas 23 LT 12 12 237 6-3 Ohio St. 7/24/1924 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 22nd pick / 1946
Walt Vezmar 22 2 0 235 5-11 Michigan St. 1/1/1925 1 Detroit Lions / 13th / 106th pick / 1947
Bill Ward 26 g 4 2 230 6-0 Washington St.,Washington 2/19/1921 1
Joe Watt 28 hb 8 4 184 5-11 Syracuse 6/18/1919 Rook Boston Yanks / 7th / 47th pick / 1947
Bob Westfall 28 fb 12 3 190 5-8 Michigan 5/5/1919 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1942
Bob Wiese 24 b 12 2 198 6-3 Michigan 1/25/1923 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 39th pick / 1945
Camp Wilson 25 FB 12 7 200 6-1 Tarleton St.,Hardin-Simmons,Tulsa 3/29/1922 1
Roy Zimmerman 29 K 12 7 201 6-2 San Jose St. 2/20/1918 7 Washington Redskins / 7th / 58th pick / 1940
Team Total 25.8 12 208.8 6-0.5 1.3