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1965 Detroit Lions

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6-7-1, Finished 6th in NFL West Division  · 1965 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: -2.5, Defense: 6.5, SoS: 6.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 257 points (18.4/g), 12th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 295 points (21.1/g), 5th.
 Differential of -38 points (-2.7/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 5.9-8.1.

Coach: Harry Gilmer (6-7-1)

Stadium: Tiger Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, 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 Milt Plum 30 8 11 143 for 308, 1,710 yards, 12 td, 19 int, & 21 rushes for 37 yards and 3 td Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
HB Joe Don Looney 23 1 0 114 rushes for 356 yards, 5 td, & 12 catches for 109 yards and 1 td New York Giants / 1st / 12th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 44th pick / 1964
FB Nick Pietrosante 28 6 6 107 rushes for 374 yards, 1 td, & 18 catches for 163 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
FL Terry Barr 30 8 7 24 catches for 433 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -12 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
SE Gail Cogdill 28 5 0 20 catches for 247 yards, 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
TE Jim Gibbons 29 7 7 12 catches for 111 yards, 2 td Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
LT Daryl Sanders 24 2 14 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1963
LG Ted Karras 31 7 0
C Ed Flanagan 21 Rook 14 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG John Gordy* 30 8 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
RT Roger Shoals 27 2 0 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darris McCord 32 10 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
LDT Alex Karras*+ 30 7 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
RDT Roger Brown* 28 5 0 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
RDE Sam Williams 34 6 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
LLB Ernie Clark 28 2 4 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 13th / 180th pick / 1963
MLB Joe Schmidt 33 12 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
RLB Wayne Walker*+ 29 7 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
LCB Dick LeBeau* 28 6 0 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
RCB Bobby Thompson 26 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 38th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 12th / 91st pick / 1962
LS Bruce Maher 28 5 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
RS Wayne Rasmussen 23 1 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 117th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Wayne Walker*+ 29 7 0 8 of 22 field goals & 33 of 33 extra points Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
P Pat Studstill* 27 4 7 78 punts for a 42.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Tom Watkins 28 4 0 23 punt returns for a 10.2 average and 0 td Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
KR Tom Watkins 28 4 0 17 kick returns for a 34.4 average and 0 td Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
41 Terry Barr 30 FL 7 7 189 6-0 Michigan 8/10/1935 8 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1957
76 Roger Brown* 28 RDT 14 0 300 6-5 Md-Eastern Shore 5/1/1937 5 11 Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
59 Ernie Clark 28 LLB 14 4 220 6-1 Michigan St. 8/11/1937 2 4 Detroit Lions / 13th / 180th pick / 1963
89 Gail Cogdill 28 SE 9 0 200 6-3 Washington St. 4/7/1937 5 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
45 Bobby Felts 23 7 0 202 6-2 Florida A&M 6/26/1942 Rook 1 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 71st pick / 1965
Houston Oilers / 13th / 98th pick / 1965
54 Ed Flanagan 21 C 14 14 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
80 Jim Gibbons 29 TE 13 7 220 6-2 Iowa 9/26/1936 7 1 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
79 John Gonzaga 32 10 0 247 6-3 none 3/6/1933 9 3
75 John Gordy* 30 RG 14 0 248 6-3 Tennessee 7/17/1935 8 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
74 Larry Hand 25 14 0 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
87 John Henderson 22 12 0 195 6-3 Michigan 3/21/1943 Rook 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 63rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 136th pick / 1965
67 Wally Hilgenberg 23 llb 13 3 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 1 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
43 Jimmy Hill 37 4 0 192 6-2 Sam Houston St. 6/27/1928 10 2
15 George Izo 28 qb 6 3 218 6-4 Notre Dame 9/20/1937 5 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1960
71 Alex Karras*+ 30 LDT 14 0 248 6-2 Iowa 7/15/1935 7 13 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
62 Ted Karras 31 LG 12 0 245 6-1 Indiana 1/31/1934 7 5
46 Jim Kearney 22 7 0 206 6-2 Prairie View 1/21/1943 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 11th / 151st pick / 1965
83 Ron Kramer 30 te 14 7 234 6-3 Michigan 6/24/1935 8 2 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 4th pick / 1957
81 Night Train Lane 36 7 0 194 6-1 West. Nebraska CC-Scottsbluff 4/16/1929 13 2
44 Dick LeBeau* 28 LCB 14 0 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 6 11 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
32 Joe Don Looney 23 HB 9 0 230 6-1 Cameron,Texas,TCU,Oklahoma 10/10/1942 1 4 New York Giants / 1st / 12th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 44th pick / 1964
53 Mike Lucci 26 llb 11 3 230 6-2 Pittsburgh,Tennessee 12/29/1939 3 3 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
21 Bruce Maher 28 LS 14 0 190 5-11 Detroit Mercy 7/25/1937 5 5 Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
31 Amos Marsh 26 13 0 218 6-0 Oregon St. 5/7/1939 4 6
78 Darris McCord 32 LDE 14 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 10 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
18 Tom Myers 22 1 0 188 6-1 Northwestern 8/13/1943 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 46th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1965
35 Tom Nowatzke 23 14 0 230 6-3 Indiana 9/30/1942 Rook 1 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1965
33 Nick Pietrosante 28 FB 14 6 225 6-2 Notre Dame 9/10/1937 6 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1959
16 Milt Plum 30 QB 14 11 205 6-1 Penn St. 1/20/1935 8 4 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
47 Wayne Rasmussen 23 RS 14 0 175 6-2 South Dakota St. 6/7/1942 1 6 Detroit Lions / 9th / 117th pick / 1964
82 Jerry Rush 23 11 0 265 6-4 Michigan St. 8/7/1942 Rook 4 Boston Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1965
70 Daryl Sanders 24 LT 14 14 250 6-5 Ohio St. 4/24/1941 2 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1963
56 Joe Schmidt 33 MLB 14 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 12 9 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
73 Roger Shoals 27 RT 14 0 260 6-4 Maryland 12/13/1938 2 5 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
66 Jim Simon 25 14 0 240 6-4 Miami (FL) 3/22/1940 2 3 Boston Patriots / 9th / 71st pick / 1963
Detroit Lions / 15th / 208th pick / 1963
43 Bobby Smith 27 6 0 197 5-11 UCLA 7/5/1938 3 2 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 88th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 26th / 205th pick / 1961
25 Pat Studstill* 27 fl 14 7 180 6-0 Houston 6/4/1938 4 7
27 Bobby Thompson 26 RCB 11 0 188 5-11 Arizona 3/30/1939 1 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 38th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 12th / 91st pick / 1962
48 Tom Vaughn 22 14 0 190 5-11 Iowa St. 2/28/1943 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
55 Wayne Walker*+ 29 K 14 0 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 7 14 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
23 Tom Watkins 28 KR 11 0 195 6-0 Iowa St. 10/23/1937 4 1 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
51 Bob Whitlow 29 9 0 236 6-2 Indiana,Arizona 2/15/1936 5 2
88 Sam Williams 34 RDE 14 0 235 6-5 Michigan St. 3/9/1931 6 8 Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
Team Total 27.3 14 220.7 6-2.0 4.3