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1961 Detroit Lions

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8-5-1, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.3, Offense: -1.8, Defense: 5.1, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 270 points (19.3/g), 11th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 258 points (18.4/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 12 points (0.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-6.6.

Coach: George Wilson (8-5-1)

Stadium: Tiger Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, 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 Jim Ninowski 25 3 8 117 for 247, 1,921 yards, 7 td, 18 int, & 33 rushes for 238 yards and 5 td Cleveland Browns / 4th / 49th pick / 1958
FB Nick Pietrosante* 24 2 0 201 rushes for 841 yards, 5 td, & 26 catches for 315 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
LH Dan Lewis 25 3 0 110 rushes for 451 yards, 4 td, & 8 catches for 118 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1958
RH Terry Barr 26 4 0 6 rushes for -8 yards, 0 td, & 40 catches for 630 yards and 6 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
SE Gail Cogdill 24 1 0 45 catches for 956 yards, 6 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
TE Jim Gibbons* 25 3 0 45 catches for 566 yards, 1 td Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
LT John Gonzaga 28 5 0
LG Harley Sewell 30 8 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
C Bob Scholtz 24 1 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 27th pick / 1960
RG John Gordy 26 4 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
RT Dan LaRose 22 Rook 0 Boston Patriots / 3rd / 18th pick / 1961
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darris McCord 28 6 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
LDT Alex Karras*+ 26 3 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
RDT Roger Brown 24 1 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
RDE Bill Glass 26 3 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1957
LLB Carl Brettschneider 30 5 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Joe Schmidt*+ 29 8 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
RLB Wayne Walker 25 3 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
LCB Night Train Lane*+ 32 9 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Bruce Maher 24 1 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
LS Gary Lowe 27 5 0 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 5th / 59th pick / 1956
RS Yale Lary* 31 9 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Martin* 37 11 0 15 of 30 field goals & 25 of 26 extra points Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
P Yale Lary* 31 9 0 52 punts for a 48.4 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
PR Howard Cassady 27 5 0 16 punt returns for a 9.9 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956
KR Jim Steffen 25 2 0 19 kick returns for a 22.9 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 13th / 149th pick / 1959

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
41 Terry Barr 26 RH 14 0 189 6-0 Michigan 8/10/1935 4 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
57 Carl Brettschneider 30 LLB 12 0 223 6-1 Iowa St. 12/2/1931 5 7
76 Roger Brown 24 RDT 14 0 300 6-5 Md-Eastern Shore 5/1/1937 1 8 Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
40 Howard Cassady 27 PR 14 0 183 5-10 Ohio St. 3/2/1934 5 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956
89 Gail Cogdill 24 SE 14 0 200 6-3 Washington St. 4/7/1937 1 10 Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
87 Glenn Davis 27 8 0 180 6-0 Ohio St. 9/12/1934 1 1
80 Jim Gibbons* 25 TE 14 0 220 6-2 Iowa 9/26/1936 3 6 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
53 Bill Glass 26 RDE 14 0 252 6-5 Baylor 8/16/1935 3 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1957
79 John Gonzaga 28 LT 13 0 247 6-3 none 3/6/1933 5 5
75 John Gordy 26 RG 14 0 248 6-3 Tennessee 7/17/1935 4 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
71 Alex Karras*+ 26 LDT 14 0 248 6-2 Iowa 7/15/1935 3 13 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
81 Night Train Lane*+ 32 LCB 12 0 194 6-1 West. Nebraska CC-Scottsbluff 4/16/1929 9 15
77 Dan LaRose 22 RT 14 0 250 6-5 Missouri 2/8/1939 Rook 6 Boston Patriots / 3rd / 18th pick / 1961
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1961
28 Yale Lary* 31 P 14 0 185 5-11 Texas A&M 11/24/1930 9 13 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
44 Dick LeBeau 24 14 0 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 2 4 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
45 Dan Lewis 25 LH 13 0 199 6-1 Wisconsin 2/14/1936 3 5 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1958
43 Gary Lowe 27 LS 14 0 196 5-11 Michigan St. 5/4/1934 5 8 Washington Redskins / 5th / 59th pick / 1956
21 Bruce Maher 24 RCB 12 0 190 5-11 Detroit Mercy 7/25/1937 1 6 Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
72 Gil Mains 32 3 0 243 6-2 Murray St. 12/17/1929 8 3 Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
47 Jim Martin* 37 K 13 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 11 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
70 Willie McClung 31 3 0 250 6-2 Florida A&M 5/9/1930 6 2
78 Darris McCord 28 LDE 14 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 6 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
54 Max Messner 23 14 0 225 6-3 Cincinnati 10/13/1938 1 4 Detroit Lions / 9th / 99th pick / 1960
67 Dick Mills 22 14 0 240 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/6/1939 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 9th / 70th pick / 1961
14 Earl Morrall 27 qb 13 6 205 6-1 Michigan St. 5/17/1934 5 3 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
15 Jim Ninowski 25 QB 13 8 206 6-1 Michigan St. 3/26/1936 3 9 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 49th pick / 1958
0 Johnny Olszewski 31 14 0 200 5-11 California 12/21/1930 8 1 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1953
33 Nick Pietrosante* 24 FB 14 0 225 6-2 Notre Dame 9/10/1937 2 10 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 29 MLB 14 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 8 14 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
50 Bob Scholtz 24 C 14 0 250 6-4 Notre Dame 12/25/1937 1 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 27th pick / 1960
66 Harley Sewell 30 LG 14 0 230 6-1 Texas 4/18/1931 8 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
73 Ollie Spencer 30 13 0 245 6-2 Kansas 4/17/1931 8 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1953
20 Jim Steffen 25 KR 8 0 195 6-0 Occidental,UCLA 5/1/1936 2 1 Detroit Lions / 13th / 149th pick / 1959
25 Pat Studstill 23 14 0 180 6-0 Houston 6/4/1938 Rook 2
55 Wayne Walker 25 RLB 14 0 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 3 8 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
74 Paul Ward 24 8 0 247 6-3 Whitworth 1/30/1937 Rook 3
34 Ken Webb 26 11 0 207 5-11 Presbyterian 8/15/1935 3 0 Detroit Lions / 14th / 169th pick / 1958
61 Bob Whitlow 25 6 0 236 6-2 Indiana,Arizona 2/15/1936 1 2
88 Sam Williams 30 12 0 235 6-5 Michigan St. 3/9/1931 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
Team Total 26.8 14 221.3 6-1.7 3.8