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1963 Detroit Lions

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5-8-1, Finished 4th in NFL West Division  · 1963 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.7, Offense: 1.6, Defense: 2.1, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 326 points (23.3/g), 5th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 265 points (18.9/g), 4th.
 Differential of 61 points (4.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 8.7-5.3.

Coach: George Wilson (5-8-1)

Stadium: Tiger 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 29 7 10 174 for 328, 2,621 yards, 24 td, 14 int, & 26 rushes for 105 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
FB Dan Lewis 27 5 0 133 rushes for 528 yards, 2 td, & 15 catches for 115 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1958
LH Tom Watkins 26 2 0 97 rushes for 423 yards, 2 td, & 16 catches for 168 yards and 1 td Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
RH Terry Barr* 28 6 0 1 rush for 9 yards, 0 td, & 66 catches for 1,086 yards and 13 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
SE Gail Cogdill* 26 3 0 48 catches for 945 yards, 10 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
TE Jim Gibbons 27 5 0 32 catches for 412 yards, 1 td Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
LT Daryl Sanders 22 Rook 14 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1963
LG John Gonzaga 30 7 0
C Bob Whitlow 27 3 14
RG John Gordy* 28 6 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
RT Lucien Reeberg 21 Rook 0 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 19th / 264th pick / 1963
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darris McCord 30 8 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
LDT Floyd Peters 27 4 0 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 93rd pick / 1958
RDT Roger Brown*+ 26 3 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
RDE Sam Williams 32 4 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
LLB Max Messner 25 3 0 Detroit Lions / 9th / 99th pick / 1960
MLB Dennis Gaubatz 23 Rook 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 111th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 25th / 199th pick / 1963
RLB Wayne Walker* 27 5 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
LCB Night Train Lane 34 11 0 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Dick LeBeau 26 4 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
LS Bruce Maher 26 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
RS Yale Lary 33 11 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Wayne Walker* 27 5 0 9 of 22 field goals & 29 of 29 extra points Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
P Yale Lary 33 11 0 35 punts for a 48.9 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
PR Tom Watkins 26 2 0 32 punt returns for a 12.5 average and 1 td Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
KR Tom Watkins 26 2 0 21 kick returns for a 21.3 average and 0 td Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
41 Terry Barr* 28 RH 14 0 189 6-0 Michigan 8/10/1935 6 12 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
57 Carl Brettschneider 32 5 0 223 6-1 Iowa St. 12/2/1931 7 3
76 Roger Brown*+ 26 RDT 14 0 300 6-5 Md-Eastern Shore 5/1/1937 3 13 Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
74 Mike Bundra 24 14 0 255 6-3 USC 6/24/1939 1 4 Detroit Lions / 6th / 80th pick / 1962
40 Howard Cassady 29 2 0 183 5-10 Ohio St. 3/2/1934 7 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1956
59 Ernie Clark 26 14 0 220 6-1 Michigan St. 8/11/1937 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 13th / 180th pick / 1963
89 Gail Cogdill* 26 SE 14 0 200 6-3 Washington St. 4/7/1937 3 10 Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
20 Dick Compton 23 13 0 190 6-2 McMurry 4/16/1940 1 1
46 Larry Ferguson 23 7 0 195 5-10 Iowa 3/19/1940 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 52nd pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 17th / 129th pick / 1962
53 Dennis Gaubatz 23 MLB 14 0 232 6-2 LSU 2/11/1940 Rook 8 Detroit Lions / 8th / 111th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 25th / 199th pick / 1963
80 Jim Gibbons 27 TE 14 0 220 6-2 Iowa 9/26/1936 5 5 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
79 John Gonzaga 30 LG 14 0 247 6-3 none 3/6/1933 7 6
75 John Gordy* 28 RG 14 0 248 6-3 Tennessee 7/17/1935 6 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
82 Al Greer 23 1 0 190 6-4 Jackson St. 4/15/1940 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 18th / 251st pick / 1963
86 Tom Hall 23 14 0 195 6-1 Minnesota 4/3/1940 1 0 Detroit Lions / 7th / 94th pick / 1962
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1962
81 Night Train Lane 34 LCB 14 0 194 6-1 West. Nebraska CC-Scottsbluff 4/16/1929 11 13
77 Dan LaRose 24 9 0 250 6-5 Missouri 2/8/1939 2 3 Boston Patriots / 3rd / 18th pick / 1961
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1961
28 Yale Lary 33 P 10 0 185 5-11 Texas A&M 11/24/1930 11 13 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
44 Dick LeBeau 26 RCB 14 0 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 4 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
52 Monte Lee 25 8 0 225 6-4 Texas 7/11/1938 2 3 Houston Oilers / 5th / 40th pick / 1961
Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 92nd pick / 1960
45 Dan Lewis 27 FB 14 0 199 6-1 Wisconsin 2/14/1936 5 6 Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1958
43 Gary Lowe 29 3 0 196 5-11 Michigan St. 5/4/1934 7 3 Washington Redskins / 5th / 59th pick / 1956
21 Bruce Maher 26 LS 14 0 190 5-11 Detroit Mercy 7/25/1937 3 6 Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
30 Ollie Matson 33 8 0 220 6-2 San Francisco 5/1/1930 11 0 Chicago Cardinals / 1st / 3rd pick / 1952
78 Darris McCord 30 LDE 13 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 8 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
54 Max Messner 25 LLB 14 0 225 6-3 Cincinnati 10/13/1938 3 7 Detroit Lions / 9th / 99th pick / 1960
14 Earl Morrall 29 QB 14 10 205 6-1 Michigan St. 5/17/1934 7 12 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
72 Floyd Peters 27 LDT 14 0 254 6-4 San Francisco St. 5/21/1936 4 7 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 93rd pick / 1958
33 Nick Pietrosante 26 12 0 225 6-2 Notre Dame 9/10/1937 4 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
16 Milt Plum 28 qb 10 4 205 6-1 Penn St. 1/20/1935 6 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
61 Lucien Reeberg 21 RT 14 0 285 6-4 Hampton 2/21/1942 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 19th / 264th pick / 1963
34 Nick Ryder 22 10 0 210 5-11 Miami (FL) 10/31/1941 Rook 0 New York Jets / 16th / 123rd pick / 1963
Detroit Lions / 10th / 139th pick / 1963
70 Daryl Sanders 22 LT 14 14 250 6-5 Ohio St. 4/24/1941 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1963
56 Joe Schmidt* 31 10 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 10 5 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
50 Bob Scholtz 26 9 0 250 6-4 Notre Dame 12/25/1937 3 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 27th pick / 1960
83 Jim Simon 23 13 0 240 6-4 Miami (FL) 3/22/1940 Rook 3 Boston Patriots / 9th / 71st pick / 1963
Detroit Lions / 15th / 208th pick / 1963
85 Larry Vargo 24 14 0 215 6-3 Detroit Mercy 4/5/1939 1 4 Detroit Lions / 11th / 150th pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 21st / 163rd pick / 1961
55 Wayne Walker* 27 K 14 0 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 5 10 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
23 Tom Watkins 26 KR 13 0 195 6-0 Iowa St. 10/23/1937 2 6 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
51 Bob Whitlow 27 C 14 14 236 6-2 Indiana,Arizona 2/15/1936 3 6
88 Sam Williams 32 RDE 14 0 235 6-5 Michigan St. 3/9/1931 4 8 Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
Team Total 26.7 14 220.9 6-2.0 4.0