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1956 Detroit Lions

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9-3-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.7, Offense: 2.0, Defense: 6.7, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 300 points (25.0/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 188 points (15.7/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 112 points (9.3/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 9.0-3.0.

Coach: Buddy Parker (9-3-0)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bobby Layne*+ 30 8 12 129 for 244, 1,909 yards, 9 td, 17 int, & 46 rushes for 169 yards and 5 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
FB Leon Hart 28 6 0 76 rushes for 348 yards, 5 td, & 14 catches for 116 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
LH Jim Doran 29 5 0 0 rushes for 0 yards, 0 td, & 25 catches for 448 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
RH Gene Gedman 24 3 0 135 rushes for 479 yards, 7 td, & 15 catches for 142 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1953
LE Dorne Dibble 27 5 0 32 catches for 597 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 8 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
LT Lou Creekmur*+ 29 6 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
LG Harley Sewell 25 3 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
C Charlie Ane* 25 3 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
RG Jim Salsbury 24 1 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1955
RT Ollie Spencer 25 3 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1953
RE Dave Middleton 23 1 0 39 catches for 606 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 9 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darris McCord 23 1 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
LDT Ray Krouse 29 5 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 2nd / 25th pick / 1951
RDT Bob Miller 27 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
RDE Gil Mains 27 3 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
LLB Sonny Gandee 27 4 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
MLB Joe Schmidt*+ 24 3 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
RLB Jim Martin 32 6 0 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
LDH Jim David* 29 4 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
RDH Carl Karilivacz 26 3 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 23rd / 277th pick / 1953
LS Jack Christiansen*+ 28 5 0 8 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
RS Yale Lary*+ 26 4 0 8 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Bobby Layne*+ 30 8 12 12 of 15 field goals & 33 of 33 extra points Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
P Yale Lary*+ 26 4 0 42 punts for a 40.4 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
PR Yale Lary*+ 26 4 0 22 punt returns for a 3.2 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
KR Howard Cassady 22 Rook 0 16 kick returns for a 23.9 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Charlie Ane* 25 C 12 0 260 6-2 USC 1/25/1931 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
33 Bill Bowman 25 6 0 215 6-2 William & Mary 9/22/1931 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 37th pick / 1954
67 Stan Campbell 26 7 0 226 6-0 Iowa St. 8/26/1930 4 Detroit Lions / 18th / 213th pick / 1952
40 Howard Cassady 22 KR 12 0 183 5-10 Ohio St. 3/2/1934 Rook Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 28 LS 12 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 12/20/1928 5 Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 29 LT 12 0 246 6-4 William & Mary 1/22/1927 6 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
68 Gene Cronin 23 12 0 229 6-2 Pacific 11/20/1933 Rook Detroit Lions / 7th / 74th pick / 1956
25 Jim David* 29 LDH 12 0 178 5-11 Colorado St. 12/2/1927 4 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
87 Dorne Dibble 27 LE 12 0 195 6-2 Michigan St. 4/26/1929 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
83 Jim Doran 29 LH 11 0 201 6-2 Buena Vista,Iowa St. 8/11/1927 5 Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
85 Sonny Gandee 27 LLB 12 0 216 6-1 Ohio St. 2/27/1929 4 Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
26 Gene Gedman 24 RH 12 0 195 5-11 Indiana 1/9/1932 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1953
12 Harry Gilmer 30 11 0 169 6-0 Alabama 4/14/1926 8 Washington Redskins / 1st / 1st pick / 1948
23 Jug Girard 29 10 0 176 5-11 Wisconsin 1/25/1927 8 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
82 Leon Hart 28 FB 11 0 257 6-5 Notre Dame 11/2/1928 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
21 Carl Karilivacz 26 RDH 11 0 188 6-0 Syracuse 11/20/1930 3 Detroit Lions / 23rd / 277th pick / 1953
70 Ray Krouse 29 LDT 12 0 263 6-3 Maryland 3/21/1927 5 New York Giants / 2nd / 25th pick / 1951
28 Yale Lary*+ 26 P 12 0 185 5-11 Texas A&M 11/24/1930 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
22 Bobby Layne*+ 30 K 12 12 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
86 Bob Long 22 12 0 232 6-3 UCLA 2/24/1934 1 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1955
57 Bob Lusk 24 5 0 222 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1932 Rook Detroit Lions / 6th / 62nd pick / 1956
72 Gil Mains 27 RDE 8 0 243 6-2 Murray St. 12/17/1929 3 Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
47 Jim Martin 32 RLB 12 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 6 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
78 Darris McCord 23 LDE 12 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
42 Don McIlhenny 22 9 0 197 6-0 SMU 11/22/1934 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 27th pick / 1956
84 Dave Middleton 23 RE 12 0 194 6-1 Auburn 11/23/1933 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
74 Bob Miller 27 RDT 12 0 242 6-3 Virginia 12/11/1929 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
79 Gerry Perry 26 12 0 237 6-4 Pepperdine,California 7/17/1930 2 Los Angeles Rams / 29th / 349th pick / 1952
15 Jerry Reichow 22 8 0 217 6-2 Iowa 5/19/1934 Rook Detroit Lions / 4th / 38th pick / 1956
60 Jim Salsbury 24 RG 11 0 233 6-1 UCLA 8/8/1932 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1955
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 24 MLB 12 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
66 Harley Sewell 25 LG 12 0 230 6-1 Texas 4/18/1931 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
75 Ollie Spencer 25 RT 12 0 245 6-2 Kansas 4/17/1931 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1953
20 Bill Stits 25 12 0 194 6-4 UCLA 7/26/1931 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1954
30 Tom Tracy 22 4 0 205 5-9 Tennessee 9/7/1934 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 50th pick / 1956
Team Total 25.9 12 216.5 6-1.3 3.2