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1977 Detroit Lions

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.4, Offense: -4.4, Defense: -3.0, SoS: -2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 183 points (13.1/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 252 points (18.0/g), 18th.
 Differential of -69 points (-4.9/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-9.5.

Coach: Tommy Hudspeth (6-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ed Hughes
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Assistant Special Teams/TEs/WRs)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, 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 31 9 11 135 for 240, 1,359 yards, 6 td, 7 int, & 25 rushes for 99 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
RB Rick Kane 23 Rook 6 124 rushes for 421 yards, 4 td, & 18 catches for 186 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
FB Horace King 24 2 13 155 rushes for 521 yards, 1 td, & 40 catches for 238 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
WR J.D. Hill 29 6 11 24 catches for 247 yards, 1 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
WR Ray Jarvis 28 6 10 28 catches for 353 yards, 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
TE David Hill 23 1 11 32 catches for 465 yards, 2 td, & 4 rushes for 10 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
LT Jim Yarbrough 31 8 11 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
LG Russ Bolinger 23 1 14 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
C Jon Morris 35 13 14 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
RG Lynn Boden 24 2 10 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
RT Craig Hertwig 25 2 14 Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1975
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ken Sanders 27 5 11 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
LDT Herb Orvis 31 5 14 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
RDT Doug English 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
RDE Jim Mitchell 29 7 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
LLB Paul Naumoff 32 10 12 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Ed O'Neil 25 3 11 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
RLB Charlie Weaver 28 6 13 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
LCB James Hunter 23 1 14 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
RCB Lem Barney 32 10 11 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
SS Charlie West 31 9 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
FS Dick Jauron 27 4 9 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Steve Mike-Mayer 30 2 0 8 of 19 field goals & 19 of 21 extra points San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1975
P Wilbur Summers 23 Rook 0 93 punts for a 36.8 average, 1 blocked Denver Broncos / 15th / 418th pick / 1976
PR Eddie Payton 26 Rook 0 27 punt returns for a 10.1 average and 1 td
KR Eddie Payton 26 Rook 0 18 kick returns for a 25.4 average and 1 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Gary Anderson 22 g 13 1 253 6-3 Stanford 9/22/1955 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 10th / 263rd pick / 1977
20 Lem Barney 32 RCB 12 11 188 6-0 Jackson St. 9/8/1945 10 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
89 Luther Blue 23 14 4 185 5-11 Iowa St. 10/21/1954 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1977
62 Lynn Boden 24 RG 13 10 270 6-3 South Dakota St. 6/5/1953 2 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
73 Russ Bolinger 23 LG 14 14 255 6-5 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 9/10/1954 1 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
43 Andy Bolton 23 14 0 205 6-1 Fisk 5/23/1954 1 0 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 123rd pick / 1976
24 Dexter Bussey 25 rb 8 4 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 3 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
16 Gary Danielson 26 qb 13 2 195 6-2 Purdue 9/10/1951 1 2
58 Tony Daykin 22 14 0 215 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/13/1955 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 11th / 293rd pick / 1977
78 Doug English 24 RDT 14 14 255 6-5 Texas 8/25/1953 2 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
76 Rocky Freitas 32 3 2 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 9 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
74 Larry Hand 37 14 0 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 12 4 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
71 Craig Hertwig 25 RT 14 14 270 6-8 Georgia 1/15/1952 2 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1975
81 David Hill 23 TE 14 11 229 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 1/1/1954 1 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
86 J.D. Hill 29 WR 11 11 202 6-1 Arizona St. 10/30/1948 6 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
17 Mitch Hoopes 24 1 0 207 6-1 Arizona 7/8/1953 2 0 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 200th pick / 1975
44 Marv Hubbard 31 13 1 225 6-1 Colgate 5/7/1946 8 1 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 277th pick / 1968
28 James Hunter 23 LCB 14 14 195 6-3 Grambling St. 3/8/1954 1 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
45 Ray Jarvis 28 WR 14 10 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 6 3 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
26 Dick Jauron 27 FS 14 9 190 6-0 Yale 10/7/1950 4 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
23 Levi Johnson 27 3 2 196 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/30/1950 4 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
32 Rick Kane 23 RB 14 6 200 5-11 Oregon,San Jose St. 11/12/1954 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
25 Horace King 24 FB 14 13 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 2 6 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
11 Greg Landry 31 QB 11 11 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 9 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
87 Bill Larson 24 12 1 225 6-4 Colorado St. 10/7/1953 2 0
52 Jim Laslavic 26 lb 14 4 237 6-2 Penn St. 10/24/1951 4 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
68 Mark Markovich 25 c 4 4 256 6-5 Penn St. 11/7/1952 3 1 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1974
54 Mike McGraw 24 1 0 225 6-2 Wyoming 12/27/1953 1 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 255th pick / 1975
10 Steve Mike-Mayer 30 K 14 0 180 6-0 Maryland 9/8/1947 2 1 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1975
83 Jim Mitchell 29 RDE 9 7 245 6-3 Virginia St. 9/15/1948 7 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
64 Melvin Mitchell 24 9 0 260 6-3 Tennessee St. 2/21/1953 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 98th pick / 1976
63 Jon Morris 35 C 14 14 254 6-4 Holy Cross 4/5/1942 13 4 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
50 Paul Naumoff 32 LLB 13 12 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 10 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
55 Ed O'Neil 25 MLB 14 11 236 6-3 Penn St. 9/8/1952 3 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
80 Herb Orvis 31 LDT 14 14 248 6-5 Colorado 10/17/1946 5 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
34 Eddie Payton 26 KR 8 0 175 5-8 Jackson St. 8/3/1951 Rook 2
42 Reggie Pinkney 22 db 11 1 190 5-11 East Carolina 5/27/1955 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 166th pick / 1977
72 Ernie Price 27 rde 12 6 248 6-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 9/20/1950 4 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1973
14 Joe Reed 29 qb 3 1 195 6-1 Baylor,Mississippi St. 1/8/1948 5 0 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 283rd pick / 1971
31 Randy Rich 24 2 0 178 5-10 New Mexico 12/28/1953 Rook 2
88 Charlie Sanders 31 10 6 225 6-4 Minnesota 8/25/1946 9 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
82 Ken Sanders 27 LDE 11 11 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 5 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
79 Dave Simonson 25 7 0 246 6-6 Minnesota 5/2/1952 3 2 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 292nd pick / 1974
10 Wilbur Summers 23 P 13 0 220 6-4 Louisville 8/6/1954 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 15th / 418th pick / 1976
57 Garth Ten Napel 23 lb 14 2 213 6-1 Texas A&M 3/27/1954 1 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 198th pick / 1976
39 Leonard Thompson 25 wr 14 3 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 2 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
59 Charlie Weaver 28 RLB 14 13 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 6 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
40 Charlie West 31 SS 13 13 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 9 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
Tom Wickert 25 1 0 246 6-4 Washington St. 4/5/1952 3 2 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 212th pick / 1974
21 Walt Williams 23 rcb 14 6 185 6-1 Ashland,New Mexico St. 7/10/1954 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
77 John Woodcock 23 dt 14 4 246 6-3 New Mexico,Hawaii 3/19/1954 1 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
75 Jim Yarbrough 31 LT 13 11 265 6-5 Florida 10/28/1946 8 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
Team Total 26.5 14 221.7 6-2.2 3.7