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1959 Detroit Lions

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3-8-1, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -3.8, Defense: 0.1, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 203 points (16.9/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (22.9/g), 8th.
 Differential of -72 points (-6.0/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 3.9-8.1.

Coach: George Wilson (3-8-1)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Earl Morrall 25 3 5 65 for 137, 1,102 yards, 5 td, 6 int, & 26 rushes for 112 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
FB Nick Pietrosante 22 Rook 0 76 rushes for 447 yards, 3 td, & 16 catches for 140 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
LH Howard Cassady 25 3 0 52 rushes for 203 yards, 1 td, & 15 catches for 316 yards and 4 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956
RH Dan Lewis 23 1 0 49 rushes for 199 yards, 2 td, & 5 catches for 75 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1958
LE Dave Middleton 26 4 0 18 catches for 402 yards, 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
LT Lou Creekmur 32 9 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
LG Harley Sewell* 28 6 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
C Charlie Ane 28 6 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
RG John Gordy 24 2 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
RT Ollie Spencer 28 6 0 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1953
RE Jim Gibbons 23 1 0 31 catches for 431 yards, 1 td Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darris McCord 26 4 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
LDT Alex Karras 24 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
RDT Gil Mains 30 6 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
RDE Bill Glass 24 1 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1957
LLB Bob Long 25 4 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1955
MLB Joe Schmidt*+ 27 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
RLB Jim Martin 35 9 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
LDH Jim David* 32 7 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
RDH Terry Barr 24 2 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
LS Yale Lary* 29 7 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
RS Gary Lowe 25 3 0 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 5th / 59th pick / 1956
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Martin 35 9 0 7 of 17 field goals & 0 of 1 extra point Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
P Yale Lary* 29 7 0 45 punts for a 47.1 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
PR Yale Lary* 29 7 0 21 punt returns for a 2.0 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
KR Ken Webb 24 1 0 16 kick returns for a 22.0 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 14th / 169th pick / 1958

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Charlie Ane 28 C 11 0 260 6-2 USC 1/25/1931 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
41 Terry Barr 24 RDH 11 0 189 6-0 Michigan 8/10/1935 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
40 Howard Cassady 25 LH 12 0 183 5-10 Ohio St. 3/2/1934 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956
88 Gene Cook 25 1 0 215 6-3 Toledo 1/11/1934 Rook Green Bay Packers / 13th / 147th pick / 1958
76 Lou Creekmur 32 LT 8 0 246 6-4 William & Mary 1/22/1927 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
85 Gene Cronin 26 DE 12 12 229 6-2 Pacific 11/20/1933 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 74th pick / 1956
25 Jim David* 32 LDH 12 0 178 5-11 Colorado St. 12/2/1927 7 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
83 Jim Doran 32 10 0 201 6-2 Buena Vista,Iowa St. 8/11/1927 8 Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
80 Jim Gibbons 23 RE 12 0 220 6-2 Iowa 9/26/1936 1 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
53 Bill Glass 24 RDE 12 0 252 6-5 Baylor 8/16/1935 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1957
75 John Gordy 24 RG 12 0 248 6-3 Tennessee 7/17/1935 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
60 Bob Grottkau 22 12 0 228 6-4 Oregon 3/22/1937 Rook Detroit Lions / 4th / 46th pick / 1959
35 John Henry Johnson 30 10 0 210 6-2 St. Mary's (CA),Arizona St. 11/24/1929 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1953
88 Steve Junker 24 6 0 217 6-3 Xavier (OH) 5/22/1935 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1957
71 Alex Karras 24 LDT 12 0 248 6-2 Iowa 7/15/1935 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
28 Yale Lary* 29 LS 10 0 185 5-11 Texas A&M 11/24/1930 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
24 Dick LeBeau 22 6 0 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 Rook Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
45 Dan Lewis 23 RH 11 0 199 6-1 Wisconsin 2/14/1936 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1958
86 Bob Long 25 LLB 12 0 232 6-3 UCLA 2/24/1934 4 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1955
43 Gary Lowe 25 RS 12 0 196 5-11 Michigan St. 5/4/1934 3 Washington Redskins / 5th / 59th pick / 1956
72 Gil Mains 30 RDT 12 0 243 6-2 Murray St. 12/17/1929 6 Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
47 Jim Martin 35 K 12 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 9 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
78 Darris McCord 26 LDE 12 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
84 Dave Middleton 26 LE 12 0 194 6-1 Auburn 11/23/1933 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
14 Earl Morrall 25 QB 12 5 205 6-1 Michigan St. 5/17/1934 3 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
77 Ben Paolucci 22 4 0 240 6-2 Wayne State (MI) 3/5/1937 Rook Detroit Lions / 9th / 109th pick / 1958
79 Gerry Perry 29 10 0 237 6-4 Pepperdine,California 7/17/1930 5 Los Angeles Rams / 29th / 349th pick / 1952
33 Nick Pietrosante 22 FB 10 0 225 6-2 Notre Dame 9/10/1937 Rook Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
64 Mike Rabold 22 12 0 239 6-2 Indiana 3/12/1937 Rook Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1959
87 Jerry Reichow 25 9 0 217 6-2 Iowa 5/19/1934 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 38th pick / 1956
18 Tobin Rote 31 qb 10 7 211 6-3 Rice 1/18/1928 9 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1950
73 Ken Russell 24 4 0 252 6-3 Bowling Green 11/2/1935 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 71st pick / 1957
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 27 MLB 12 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 6 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
66 Harley Sewell* 28 LG 11 0 230 6-1 Texas 4/18/1931 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
73 Ollie Spencer 28 RT 12 0 245 6-2 Kansas 4/17/1931 6 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1953
20 Jim Steffen 23 8 0 195 6-0 Occidental,UCLA 5/1/1936 Rook Detroit Lions / 13th / 149th pick / 1959
55 Wayne Walker 23 9 0 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
74 Jim Weatherall 30 8 0 245 6-4 Oklahoma 10/26/1929 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 17th pick / 1952
34 Ken Webb 24 KR 12 0 207 5-11 Presbyterian 8/15/1935 1 Detroit Lions / 14th / 169th pick / 1958
23 Dave Whitsell 23 12 0 189 6-0 Indiana 6/14/1936 1 Detroit Lions / 24th / 289th pick / 1958
Team Total 26.0 12 220.4 6-1.8 3.4