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1980 Detroit Lions

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9-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.7, Offense: -0.8, Defense: 2.5, SoS: -2.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 334 points (20.9/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 272 points (17.0/g), 5th.
 Differential of 62 points (3.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-6.1.

Coach: Monte Clark (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker
 Defensive Coordinator: Maxie Baughan

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, 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 Gary Danielson 29 4 16 244 for 417, 3,223 yards, 13 td, 11 int, & 48 rushes for 232 yards and 2 td
RB Billy Sims* 25 Rook 16 313 rushes for 1,303 yards, 13 td, & 51 catches for 621 yards and 3 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1980
FB Dexter Bussey 28 6 16 145 rushes for 720 yards, 3 td, & 39 catches for 364 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
WR Freddie Scott 28 6 16 53 catches for 834 yards, 4 td, & 5 rushes for 86 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
WR Leonard Thompson 28 5 12 19 catches for 511 yards, 3 td, & 6 rushes for 61 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
TE David Hill 26 4 16 39 catches for 424 yards, 1 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
LT Karl Baldischwiler 24 2 16 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
LG Homer Elias 25 2 13 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
C Amos Fowler 24 2 12 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
RG Russ Bolinger 26 4 15 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
RT Keith Dorney 23 1 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dave Pureifory 31 8 16 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
LDT William Gay 25 2 9 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
RDT John Mendenhall 32 8 12 New York Giants / 3rd / 55th pick / 1972
RDE Al Baker* 24 2 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
LLB Charlie Weaver 31 9 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
MLB Ken Fantetti 23 1 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
RLB Stan White 31 8 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 17th / 438th pick / 1972
LCB Wayne Smith 23 Rook 8 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 278th pick / 1980
RCB James Hunter 26 4 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
SS Jimmy Allen 28 6 15 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
FS Ray Oldham 29 7 12 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Eddie Murray*+ 24 Rook 0 27 of 42 field goals & 35 of 36 extra points Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
P Tom Skladany 25 2 0 72 punts for a 42.2 average, 1 blocked Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
PR John Arnold 25 1 0 28 punt returns for a 7.3 average and 0 td
KR Rick Kane 26 3 0 23 kick returns for a 21.5 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
40 Jimmy Allen 28 SS 15 15 194 6-2 Pierce College (CA),UCLA 3/6/1952 6 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
47 John Arnold 25 PR 10 0 175 5-10 Wyoming 10/5/1955 1 0
60 Al Baker* 24 RDE 15 15 265 6-6 Colorado St. 12/9/1956 2 13 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
76 Karl Baldischwiler 24 LT 16 16 265 6-5 Oklahoma 1/19/1956 2 8 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
73 Russ Bolinger 26 RG 16 15 255 6-5 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 9/10/1954 4 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
27 Luther Bradley 25 db 8 4 195 6-2 Notre Dame 5/7/1955 2 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1978
24 Dexter Bussey 28 FB 16 16 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 6 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
31 Ken Callicutt 25 13 0 190 6-0 Clemson 8/20/1955 2 0
53 Garry Cobb 23 16 0 227 6-2 USC 3/16/1957 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 247th pick / 1979
50 Eddie Cole 24 13 0 235 6-2 Mississippi 12/16/1956 1 2 Detroit Lions / 11th / 302nd pick / 1979
77 Curley Culp 34 dt 3 2 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 12 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
16 Gary Danielson 29 QB 16 16 195 6-2 Purdue 9/10/1951 4 13
72 Chris Dieterich 22 t 16 3 262 6-3 North Carolina St. 7/27/1958 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 140th pick / 1980
70 Keith Dorney 23 RT 9 8 268 6-5 Penn St. 12/3/1957 1 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
61 Homer Elias 25 LG 14 13 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 5/1/1955 2 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
57 Ken Fantetti 23 MLB 16 16 230 6-2 Wyoming 4/7/1957 1 11 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
65 Amos Fowler 24 C 13 12 250 6-3 Southern Miss 2/11/1956 2 6 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
86 Mike Friede 23 4 0 205 6-3 Indiana 9/22/1957 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1980
79 William Gay 25 LDT 16 9 250 6-5 USC 5/28/1955 2 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
66 Tommie Ginn 22 c 14 5 253 6-3 Arkansas 1/25/1958 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 120th pick / 1980
51 James Harrell 23 5 0 224 6-1 Florida 7/19/1957 1 1
81 David Hill 26 TE 16 16 229 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 1/1/1954 4 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
17 Eric Hipple 23 15 0 196 6-2 Utah St. 9/16/1957 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1980
68 Vern Holland 32 2 0 268 6-5 Tennessee St. 6/27/1948 9 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 15th pick / 1971
28 James Hunter 26 RCB 16 16 195 6-3 Grambling St. 3/8/1954 4 11 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
32 Rick Kane 26 KR 16 0 200 5-11 Oregon,San Jose St. 11/12/1954 3 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
25 Horace King 27 16 0 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 5 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
19 Jeff Komlo 24 4 0 200 6-2 Delaware 7/30/1956 1 0 Detroit Lions / 9th / 231st pick / 1979
66 Burton Lawless 27 lg 9 5 253 6-4 Florida 11/1/1953 5 3 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 44th pick / 1975
48 Eddie Lewis 27 db 14 1 177 6-0 Kansas 12/15/1953 4 2 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 57th pick / 1976
63 Alva Liles 24 1 0 255 6-3 Boise St. 3/6/1956 Rook 0
58 Derrel Luce 28 9 0 226 6-3 Baylor 9/29/1952 5 1 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 168th pick / 1975
63 Mike McCoy 32 4 0 284 6-5 Notre Dame 9/6/1948 10 1 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1970
34 Prentice McCray 29 7 0 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 6 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
64 John Mendenhall 32 RDT 15 12 255 6-1 Grambling St. 12/3/1948 8 8 New York Giants / 3rd / 55th pick / 1972
62 John Mohring 24 1 0 240 6-3 C.W. Post 11/14/1956 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 8th / 213th pick / 1979
3 Eddie Murray*+ 24 K 16 0 177 5-10 Tulane 8/29/1956 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
80 Ulysses Norris 23 te 16 1 230 6-4 Georgia 1/15/1957 1 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 88th pick / 1979
23 Ray Oldham 29 FS 16 12 200 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 2/23/1951 7 9 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
61 Willie Parker 32 c 4 1 245 6-3 North Texas 12/28/1948 7 1 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1971
67 Wally Pesuit 26 1 0 252 6-4 Kentucky 3/4/1954 4 0 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 151st pick / 1976
75 Dave Pureifory 31 LDE 16 16 260 6-1 East. Michigan 7/12/1949 8 10 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
36 Bo Robinson 24 14 0 228 6-2 West Texas A&M 5/27/1956 1 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1979
87 Freddie Scott 28 WR 16 16 180 6-2 Amherst 8/5/1952 6 8 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
63 Dave Simmons 23 1 0 221 6-4 North Carolina 1/19/1957 1 0 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 153rd pick / 1979
20 Billy Sims* 25 RB 16 16 212 6-0 Oklahoma 9/18/1955 Rook 15 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1980
15 Tom Skladany 25 P 16 0 192 6-0 Ohio St. 6/29/1955 2 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
44 Wayne Smith 23 LCB 16 8 171 6-0 Wisc-LaCrosse,Purdue 5/9/1957 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 11th / 278th pick / 1980
45 Ken Talton 24 2 0 208 6-0 Cornell 6/25/1956 Rook 0
84 Jesse Thompson 24 wr 11 2 185 6-1 California 3/12/1956 2 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 165th pick / 1978
39 Leonard Thompson 28 WR 16 12 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 5 5 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
71 Tom Tuinei 22 dt 12 2 250 6-4 Hawaii 2/21/1958 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 223rd pick / 1980
55 Tom Turnure 23 3 0 250 6-4 Washington 7/9/1957 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 57th pick / 1980
67 Rod Walters 26 2 0 258 6-3 Iowa 2/27/1954 4 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 14th pick / 1976
59 Charlie Weaver 31 LLB 16 16 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 9 12 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
52 Stan White 31 RLB 16 16 225 6-1 Ohio St. 10/24/1949 8 12 Baltimore Colts / 17th / 438th pick / 1972
74 Mike Whited 22 t 16 2 250 6-4 Pacific 3/30/1958 Rook 2
30 Ray Williams 22 rb 6 1 170 5-9 Washington St. 9/22/1958 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 12th / 307th pick / 1980
21 Walt Williams 26 LCB 16 8 185 6-1 Ashland,New Mexico St. 7/10/1954 3 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
77 John Woodcock 26 LDT 8 8 246 6-3 New Mexico,Hawaii 3/19/1954 4 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
Team Total 25.8 16 223.9 6-2.1 3.1