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1971 Detroit Lions

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7-6-1, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: 6.5, Defense: -2.4, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 341 points (24.4/g), 3rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (20.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of 55 points (3.9/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-5.6.

Coach: Joe Schmidt (7-6-1)

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 Greg Landry* 25 3 14 136 for 261, 2,237 yards, 16 td, 13 int, & 76 rushes for 530 yards and 3 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
RB Altie Taylor 24 2 14 174 rushes for 736 yards, 4 td, & 26 catches for 270 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
FB Steve Owens* 24 1 13 246 rushes for 1,035 yards, 8 td, & 32 catches for 350 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 19th pick / 1970
WR Earl McCullouch 25 3 11 21 catches for 552 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 24th pick / 1968
WR Larry Walton 24 2 14 30 catches for 491 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
TE Charlie Sanders*+ 25 3 13 31 catches for 502 yards, 5 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
LT Jim Yarbrough 25 2 14 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
LG Chuck Walton 30 4 14 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
C Ed Flanagan* 27 6 14 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG Bob Kowalkowski 28 5 0 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
RT Rocky Freitas 26 3 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jim Mitchell 23 1 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
LDT Dick Evey 30 7 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1964
RDT Jerry Rush 29 6 14 Boston Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1965
RDE Larry Hand 31 6 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
LLB Paul Naumoff 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Mike Lucci* 32 9 14 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
RLB Wayne Walker 35 13 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
LCB Lem Barney 26 4 7 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
RCB Dick LeBeau 34 12 13 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
SS Mike Weger 26 4 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
FS Tom Vaughn 28 6 9 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
 Special Teams Starters
K Errol Mann 30 3 0 22 of 37 field goals & 37 of 37 extra points
P Herman Weaver 23 1 0 42 punts for a 41.7 average, 2 blocked Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
PR Lem Barney 26 4 7 14 punt returns for a 8.7 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
KR Ron Jessie 23 Rook 2 16 kick returns for a 29.4 average and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
20 Lem Barney 26 LCB 9 7 188 6-0 Jackson St. 9/8/1945 4 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
73 Bob Bell 23 14 6 250 6-4 Cincinnati 1/25/1948 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1971
21 Al Clark 23 9 0 185 6-0 Grambling St.,Northern Arizona,East. Michigan 2/29/1948 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1971
87 Craig Cotton 24 14 0 216 6-5 Youngstown St. 7/7/1947 2 1 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 200th pick / 1969
77 Dick Evey 30 LDT 11 0 245 6-4 Tennessee 2/12/1941 7 5 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1964
24 Mel Farr 27 9 1 210 6-2 UCLA 11/3/1944 4 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1967
54 Ed Flanagan* 27 C 14 14 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 6 10 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
76 Rocky Freitas 26 RT 14 14 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 3 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
68 Frank Gallagher 28 14 14 245 6-2 North Carolina 3/2/1943 4 4
23 Paul Gipson 25 5 0 210 6-0 Houston 3/21/1946 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1969
74 Larry Hand 31 RDE 14 14 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 6 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
85 Chuck Hughes 28 3 0 173 5-11 Texas-El Paso 3/24/1943 4 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 99th pick / 1967
89 Ron Jessie 23 KR 14 2 185 6-0 Kansas 2/4/1948 Rook 3 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
66 Bob Kowalkowski 28 RG 14 0 240 6-3 Virginia 11/5/1943 5 8 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
11 Greg Landry* 25 QB 14 14 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 3 19 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
44 Dick LeBeau 34 RCB 13 13 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 12 6 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
51 Ken Lee 23 1 0 230 6-4 Washington 9/3/1948 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 8th / 204th pick / 1971
53 Mike Lucci* 32 MLB 14 14 230 6-2 Pittsburgh,Tennessee 12/29/1939 9 8 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
12 Errol Mann 30 K 14 0 200 6-0 North Dakota 6/27/1941 3 3
25 Earl McCullouch 25 WR 13 11 175 5-11 USC 1/10/1946 3 9 Detroit Lions / 1st / 24th pick / 1968
83 Jim Mitchell 23 LDE 13 8 245 6-3 Virginia St. 9/15/1948 1 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
62 Ed Mooney 26 14 0 225 6-2 Texas Tech 2/26/1945 3 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 93rd pick / 1968
19 Bill Munson 30 4 0 203 6-2 Utah St. 8/11/1941 7 1 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
50 Paul Naumoff 26 LLB 14 14 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 4 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
36 Steve Owens* 24 FB 14 13 215 6-2 Oklahoma 12/9/1947 1 17 Detroit Lions / 1st / 19th pick / 1970
79 Ray Parson 24 14 0 245 6-4 Minnesota 5/30/1947 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 45th pick / 1970
47 Wayne Rasmussen 29 14 5 175 6-2 South Dakota St. 6/7/1942 7 3 Detroit Lions / 9th / 117th pick / 1964
84 Joe Robb 34 14 6 238 6-3 TCU 3/15/1937 12 3 Chicago Bears / 14th / 164th pick / 1959
82 Jerry Rush 29 RDT 14 14 265 6-4 Michigan St. 8/7/1942 6 5 Boston Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1965
88 Charlie Sanders*+ 25 TE 13 13 225 6-4 Minnesota 8/25/1946 3 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
42 Altie Taylor 24 RB 14 14 200 5-10 Utah St. 9/29/1947 2 12 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
65 Dave Thompson 22 14 0 270 6-4 Clemson 2/1/1949 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 30th pick / 1971
38 Bill Triplett 31 14 0 215 6-2 Miami (OH) 5/9/1940 9 0 Boston Patriots / 9th / 70th pick / 1962
New York Giants / 6th / 72nd pick / 1962
48 Tom Vaughn 28 FS 9 9 190 5-11 Iowa St. 2/28/1943 6 5 Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
55 Wayne Walker 35 RLB 14 14 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 13 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
63 Chuck Walton 30 LG 14 14 253 6-3 Iowa St. 7/7/1941 4 8 Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
49 Larry Walton 24 WR 14 14 180 6-0 Arizona St. 2/8/1947 2 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
59 Charlie Weaver 22 14 0 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
18 Herman Weaver 23 P 13 0 210 6-4 Tennessee 11/17/1948 1 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
28 Mike Weger 26 SS 14 14 200 6-2 Bowling Green 10/2/1945 4 5 Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
45 Bobby Williams 29 14 1 205 6-0 Central Oklahoma 2/28/1942 5 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 11th / 163rd pick / 1966
70 Larry Woods 23 1 0 260 6-6 Tennessee St. 5/11/1948 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 100th pick / 1971
75 Jim Yarbrough 25 LT 14 14 265 6-5 Florida 10/28/1946 2 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
34 Mickey Zofko 22 11 0 195 6-3 Auburn 6/8/1949 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 9th / 229th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.6 14 220.0 6-2.3 3.8