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1966 Detroit Lions

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4-9-1, Finished 6th in NFL West Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.9, Offense: -4.7, Defense: -0.3, SoS: 3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 206 points (14.7/g), 14th of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 317 points (22.6/g), 9th.
 Differential of -111 points (-7.9/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 3.7-10.3.

Coach: Harry Gilmer (4-9-1)

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 Karl Sweetan 24 Rook 8 157 for 309, 1,809 yards, 4 td, 14 int, & 34 rushes for 219 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 18th / 249th pick / 1965
HB Amos Marsh 27 5 0 134 rushes for 433 yards, 3 td, & 12 catches for 111 yards and 0 td
FB Tom Nowatzke 24 1 0 151 rushes for 512 yards, 6 td, & 54 catches for 316 yards and 1 td New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1965
FL Pat Studstill*+ 28 5 0 67 catches for 1,266 yards, 5 td, & 2 rushes for 20 yards and 0 td
SE Gail Cogdill 29 6 0 47 catches for 411 yards, 1 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
TE Ron Kramer 31 9 0 37 catches for 432 yards, 0 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 4th pick / 1957
LT Daryl Sanders 25 3 14 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1963
LG Bob Kowalkowski 23 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
C Ed Flanagan 22 1 14 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG John Gordy 31 9 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
RT J.D. Smith 30 7 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 15th pick / 1959
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darris McCord 33 11 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
LDT Alex Karras 31 8 0 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
RDT Roger Brown* 29 6 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
RDE Larry Hand 26 1 0 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
LLB Mike Lucci 27 4 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
MLB Ernie Clark 29 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 13th / 180th pick / 1963
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 24 2 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
LCB Dick LeBeau* 29 7 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
RCB Bobby Smith 28 4 0 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 88th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 26th / 205th pick / 1961
LS Bruce Maher 29 6 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
RS Bobby Thompson 27 2 0 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 38th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 12th / 91st pick / 1962
 Special Teams Starters
K Garo Yepremian 22 Rook 0 13 of 22 field goals & 11 of 11 extra points
P Pat Studstill*+ 28 5 0 72 punts for a 41.1 average, 0 blocked
PR Tom Vaughn 23 1 0 18 punt returns for a 9.9 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
KR Tom Vaughn 23 1 0 23 kick returns for a 25.9 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Mike Alford 23 12 0 230 6-3 Auburn 6/19/1943 1 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 19th / 149th pick / 1965
St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 194th pick / 1965
76 Roger Brown* 29 RDT 14 0 300 6-5 Md-Eastern Shore 5/1/1937 6 8 Detroit Lions / 4th / 42nd pick / 1960
59 Ernie Clark 29 MLB 14 0 220 6-1 Michigan St. 8/11/1937 3 7 Detroit Lions / 13th / 180th pick / 1963
52 Bill Cody 22 1 0 230 6-2 Auburn 8/2/1944 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 67th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 15th / 132nd pick / 1966
89 Gail Cogdill 29 SE 14 0 200 6-3 Washington St. 4/7/1937 6 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
45 Bobby Felts 24 10 0 202 6-2 Florida A&M 6/26/1942 1 1 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 71st pick / 1965
Houston Oilers / 13th / 98th pick / 1965
54 Ed Flanagan 22 C 14 14 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 1 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
80 Jim Gibbons 30 7 0 220 6-2 Iowa 9/26/1936 8 0 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
75 John Gordy 31 RG 14 0 248 6-3 Tennessee 7/17/1935 9 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1957
74 Larry Hand 26 RDE 14 0 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 1 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
87 John Henderson 23 13 0 195 6-3 Michigan 3/21/1943 1 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 63rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 17th / 136th pick / 1965
67 Wally Hilgenberg 24 RLB 14 6 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 2 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
71 Alex Karras 31 LDT 14 0 248 6-2 Iowa 7/15/1935 8 10 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
46 Jim Kearney 23 6 0 206 6-2 Prairie View 1/21/1943 1 2 Detroit Lions / 11th / 151st pick / 1965
66 Bob Kowalkowski 23 LG 14 0 240 6-3 Virginia 11/5/1943 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
88 Ron Kramer 31 TE 14 0 234 6-3 Michigan 6/24/1935 9 3 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 4th pick / 1957
44 Dick LeBeau* 29 LCB 14 0 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 7 8 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
32 Joe Don Looney 24 3 0 230 6-1 Cameron,Texas,TCU,Oklahoma 10/10/1942 2 0 New York Giants / 1st / 12th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 44th pick / 1964
53 Mike Lucci 27 LLB 13 0 230 6-2 Pittsburgh,Tennessee 12/29/1939 4 8 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
21 Bruce Maher 29 LS 14 0 190 5-11 Detroit Mercy 7/25/1937 6 6 Detroit Lions / 15th / 173rd pick / 1959
81 Bill Malinchak 22 14 0 200 6-1 Indiana 4/2/1944 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 39th pick / 1966
31 Amos Marsh 27 HB 14 0 218 6-0 Oregon St. 5/7/1939 5 4
83 Jerry Mazzanti 26 13 0 240 6-3 Arkansas 7/13/1940 3 3 San Diego Chargers / 25th / 194th pick / 1963
Philadelphia Eagles / 16th / 223rd pick / 1962
78 Darris McCord 33 LDE 13 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 11 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
24 Bruce McLenna 25 9 0 225 6-3 Michigan,Hillsdale 12/23/1941 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 9th / 123rd pick / 1965
18 Tom Myers 23 1 0 188 6-1 Northwestern 8/13/1943 1 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 46th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1965
35 Tom Nowatzke 24 FB 14 0 230 6-3 Indiana 9/30/1942 1 6 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1965
16 Milt Plum 31 qb 6 6 205 6-1 Penn St. 1/20/1935 9 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1957
47 Wayne Rasmussen 24 14 0 175 6-2 South Dakota St. 6/7/1942 2 4 Detroit Lions / 9th / 117th pick / 1964
49 Johnnie Robinson 22 14 0 205 6-3 Tennessee St. 11/6/1944 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 103rd pick / 1966
82 Jerry Rush 24 11 0 265 6-4 Michigan St. 8/7/1942 1 3 Boston Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1965
70 Daryl Sanders 25 LT 14 14 250 6-5 Ohio St. 4/24/1941 3 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1963
73 Roger Shoals 28 14 0 260 6-4 Maryland 12/13/1938 3 2 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
51 Lou Slaby 25 13 0 235 6-3 Pittsburgh 12/13/1941 2 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 29th pick / 1963
New York Giants / 5th / 69th pick / 1963
43 Bobby Smith 28 RCB 14 0 197 5-11 UCLA 7/5/1938 4 5 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 88th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 26th / 205th pick / 1961
72 J.D. Smith 30 RT 14 0 250 6-2 Rice 5/27/1936 7 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 15th pick / 1959
25 Pat Studstill*+ 28 FL 14 0 180 6-0 Houston 6/4/1938 5 13
14 Karl Sweetan 24 QB 10 8 203 6-1 Texas A&M,Wake Forest 10/2/1942 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 18th / 249th pick / 1965
27 Bobby Thompson 27 RS 14 0 188 5-11 Arizona 3/30/1939 2 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 38th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 12th / 91st pick / 1962
34 Jim Todd 23 10 0 195 5-11 Ball St. 3/2/1943 Rook 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 129th pick / 1966
60 Doug Van Horn 22 14 0 245 6-3 Ohio St. 6/24/1944 Rook 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 39th pick / 1966
Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1966
48 Tom Vaughn 23 KR 13 0 190 5-11 Iowa St. 2/28/1943 1 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
55 Wayne Walker 30 rlb 13 5 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 8 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
40 Willie Walker 24 9 0 200 6-3 Tennessee St. 9/15/1942 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 59th pick / 1966
1 Garo Yepremian 22 K 9 0 175 5-8 none 6/2/1944 Rook 2
Team Total 26.0 14 220.6 6-1.9 3.2