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1973 Detroit Lions

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6-7-1, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.0, Offense: 0.8, Defense: 1.2, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 271 points (19.4/g), 13th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 247 points (17.6/g), 12th.
 Differential of 24 points (1.7/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 7.8-6.2.

Coach: Don McCafferty (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 Greg Landry 27 5 7 70 for 128, 908 yards, 3 td, 10 int, & 42 rushes for 267 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
RB Altie Taylor 26 4 13 176 rushes for 719 yards, 5 td, & 27 catches for 252 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
FB Steve Owens 26 3 8 113 rushes for 401 yards, 3 td, & 24 catches for 232 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 19th pick / 1970
WR Ron Jessie 25 2 12 20 catches for 364 yards, 3 td, & 5 rushes for 31 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
WR Larry Walton 26 4 11 22 catches for 309 yards, 4 td, & 5 rushes for 100 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
TE Charlie Sanders 27 5 14 28 catches for 433 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for -1 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
LT Jim Yarbrough 27 4 9 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
LG Guy Dennis 26 4 8 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 109th pick / 1969
C Ed Flanagan* 29 8 14 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG Bob Kowalkowski 30 7 14 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
RT Rocky Freitas 28 5 14 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ken Sanders 23 1 14 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
LDT Herb Orvis 27 1 14 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
RDT Bob Bell 25 2 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1971
RDE Larry Hand 33 8 14 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
LLB Paul Naumoff 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Mike Lucci 34 11 9 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
RLB Charlie Weaver 24 2 13 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
LCB Lem Barney* 28 6 14 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
RCB Levi Johnson 23 Rook 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
SS Mike Weger 28 6 12 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
FS Dick Jauron 23 Rook 12 4 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Errol Mann 32 5 0 13 of 19 field goals & 14 of 14 extra points
P Herman Weaver 25 3 0 54 punts for a 43.2 average, 1 blocked Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
PR Lem Barney* 28 6 14 27 punt returns for a 8.6 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
KR Dick Jauron 23 Rook 12 17 kick returns for a 23.8 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
86 Al Barnes 24 11 2 170 6-1 New Mexico St. 7/4/1949 1 1
20 Lem Barney* 28 LCB 14 14 188 6-0 Jackson St. 9/8/1945 6 11 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
73 Bob Bell 25 RDT 13 11 250 6-4 Cincinnati 1/25/1948 2 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1971
17 Bill Cappleman 26 7 0 210 6-3 Florida St. 3/12/1947 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1970
35 Leon Crosswhite 22 7 0 215 6-2 Oklahoma 4/28/1951 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 44th pick / 1973
60 Guy Dennis 26 LG 10 8 255 6-2 Florida 2/28/1947 4 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 109th pick / 1969
24 Mel Farr 29 11 7 210 6-2 UCLA 11/3/1944 6 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1967
27 Miller Farr 30 6 2 190 6-1 Wichita St. 4/8/1943 8 2
54 Ed Flanagan* 29 C 14 14 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 8 9 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
76 Rocky Freitas 28 RT 14 14 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 5 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
48 Willie Germany 25 6 0 192 6-0 Morgan St. 5/9/1948 1 2 Washington Redskins / 7th / 166th pick / 1971
77 Mike Haggerty 28 4 0 245 6-4 Miami (FL) 10/14/1945 6 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 140th pick / 1967
74 Larry Hand 33 RDE 14 14 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 8 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
58 Mike Hennigan 22 8 0 217 6-2 Parsons,Tennessee Tech 10/24/1951 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 81st pick / 1973
81 John Hilton 31 14 1 225 6-5 Richmond 3/12/1942 8 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 76th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 16th / 125th pick / 1964
30 Jim Hooks 23 11 0 225 5-11 Central Oklahoma 10/23/1950 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1973
26 Dick Jauron 23 FS 14 12 190 6-0 Yale 10/7/1950 Rook 7 Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
89 Ron Jessie 25 WR 14 12 185 6-0 Kansas 2/4/1948 2 6 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
23 Levi Johnson 23 RCB 14 14 196 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/30/1950 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
64 Gordon Jolley 24 14 5 250 6-5 Utah 5/22/1949 1 4 Detroit Lions / 17th / 436th pick / 1971
66 Bob Kowalkowski 30 RG 14 14 240 6-3 Virginia 11/5/1943 7 7 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
11 Greg Landry 27 QB 7 7 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 5 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
52 Jim Laslavic 22 mlb 14 5 237 6-2 Penn St. 10/24/1951 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
53 Mike Lucci 34 MLB 11 9 230 6-2 Pittsburgh,Tennessee 12/29/1939 11 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
12 Errol Mann 32 K 8 0 200 6-0 North Dakota 6/27/1941 5 3
25 Earl McCullouch 27 11 2 175 5-11 USC 1/10/1946 5 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 24th pick / 1968
83 Jim Mitchell 25 9 0 245 6-3 Virginia St. 9/15/1948 3 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
19 Bill Munson 32 qb 10 7 203 6-2 Utah St. 8/11/1941 9 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
50 Paul Naumoff 28 LLB 14 14 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 6 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
45 Jim O'Brien 26 10 0 195 6-0 Cincinnati 2/2/1947 3 1 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 70th pick / 1970
80 Herb Orvis 27 LDT 14 14 248 6-5 Colorado 10/17/1946 1 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
36 Steve Owens 26 FB 12 8 215 6-2 Oklahoma 12/9/1947 3 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 19th pick / 1970
72 Ernie Price 23 de 12 3 248 6-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 9/20/1950 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1973
67 Rocky Rasley 26 14 2 250 6-3 Oregon St. 4/27/1947 4 4 Detroit Lions / 9th / 216th pick / 1969
88 Charlie Sanders 27 TE 14 14 225 6-4 Minnesota 8/25/1946 5 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
82 Ken Sanders 23 LDE 14 14 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 1 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
84 John Small 27 1 0 269 6-4 The Citadel 11/20/1946 3 2 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 12th pick / 1970
42 Altie Taylor 26 RB 13 13 200 5-10 Utah St. 9/29/1947 4 11 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
57 Jim Teal 23 14 1 225 6-3 Purdue 5/14/1950 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 10th / 249th pick / 1972
65 Dave Thompson 24 14 0 270 6-4 Clemson 2/1/1949 2 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 30th pick / 1971
21 Jim Thrower 26 10 2 195 6-2 Texas A&M-Commerce 11/6/1947 3 2
63 Chuck Walton 32 4 4 253 6-3 Iowa St. 7/7/1941 6 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
49 Larry Walton 26 WR 13 11 180 6-0 Arizona St. 2/8/1947 4 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
59 Charlie Weaver 24 RLB 13 13 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 2 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
18 Herman Weaver 25 P 14 0 210 6-4 Tennessee 11/17/1948 3 3 Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
28 Mike Weger 28 SS 12 12 200 6-2 Bowling Green 10/2/1945 6 5 Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
46 Doug Wyatt 27 6 0 195 6-1 Tulsa 10/18/1946 3 2 New Orleans Saints / 17th / 426th pick / 1970
75 Jim Yarbrough 27 LT 10 9 265 6-5 Florida 10/28/1946 4 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
34 Mickey Zofko 24 8 0 195 6-3 Auburn 6/8/1949 2 1 Detroit Lions / 9th / 229th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.5 14 221.0 6-2.4 3.7