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1981 Detroit Lions

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8-8-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.3, Offense: 4.8, Defense: 0.5, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 397 points (24.8/g), 4th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 322 points (20.1/g), 13th.
 Differential of 75 points (4.7/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-6.1.

Coach: Monte Clark (8-8-0)
 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 Eric Hipple 24 1 10 140 for 279, 2,358 yards, 14 td, 15 int, & 41 rushes for 168 yards and 7 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1980
RB Billy Sims* 26 1 14 296 rushes for 1,437 yards, 13 td, & 28 catches for 451 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1980
FB Dexter Bussey 29 7 15 105 rushes for 446 yards, 0 td, & 18 catches for 92 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
WR Freddie Scott 29 7 15 53 catches for 1,022 yards, 5 td, & 7 rushes for 25 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
WR Leonard Thompson 29 6 16 30 catches for 550 yards, 3 td, & 10 rushes for 75 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
TE David Hill 27 5 15 33 catches for 462 yards, 4 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
LT Karl Baldischwiler 25 3 16 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
LG Homer Elias 26 3 16 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
C Amos Fowler 25 3 16 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
RG Russ Bolinger 27 5 16 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
RT Keith Dorney 24 2 16 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dave Pureifory 32 9 15 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
LDT William Gay 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
RDT Doug English* 28 6 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
RDE Al Baker 25 3 11 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
LLB Garry Cobb 24 2 16 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 247th pick / 1979
MLB Ken Fantetti 24 2 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
RLB Stan White 32 9 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 17th / 438th pick / 1972
LCB Wayne Smith 24 1 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 11th / 278th pick / 1980
RCB James Hunter 27 5 12 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
SS Ray Oldham 30 8 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
FS Jimmy Allen 29 7 15 9 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
 Special Teams Starters
K Eddie Murray 25 1 0 25 of 35 field goals & 46 of 46 extra points Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
P Tom Skladany* 26 3 0 64 punts for a 43.5 average, 0 blocked Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
PR Robbie Martin 23 Rook 0 52 punt returns for a 8.7 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1981
KR Alvin Hall 23 Rook 1 25 kick returns for a 21.0 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
35 Jimmy Allen 29 FS 15 15 194 6-2 Pierce College (CA),UCLA 3/6/1952 7 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
60 Al Baker 25 RDE 11 11 265 6-6 Colorado St. 12/9/1956 3 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
76 Karl Baldischwiler 25 LT 16 16 265 6-5 Oklahoma 1/19/1956 3 9 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
73 Russ Bolinger 27 RG 16 16 255 6-5 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 9/10/1954 5 9 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
27 Luther Bradley 26 16 0 195 6-2 Notre Dame 5/7/1955 3 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1978
24 Dexter Bussey 29 FB 16 15 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 7 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
31 Ken Callicutt 26 16 0 190 6-0 Clemson 8/20/1955 3 0
53 Garry Cobb 24 LLB 16 16 227 6-2 USC 3/16/1957 2 9 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 247th pick / 1979
77 Curley Culp 35 2 0 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 13 0 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
16 Gary Danielson 30 qb 6 4 195 6-2 Purdue 9/10/1951 5 3
45 Jeff Delaney 25 5 0 195 6-0 Pittsburgh 10/25/1956 1 0 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 190th pick / 1979
72 Chris Dieterich 23 16 0 262 6-3 North Carolina St. 7/27/1958 1 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 140th pick / 1980
70 Keith Dorney 24 RT 16 16 268 6-5 Penn St. 12/3/1957 2 9 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
74 Joe Ehrmann 32 dt 4 2 260 6-5 Syracuse 3/29/1949 8 1 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 10th pick / 1973
61 Homer Elias 26 LG 16 16 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 5/1/1955 3 9 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
78 Doug English* 28 RDT 16 16 255 6-5 Texas 8/25/1953 6 12 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
57 Ken Fantetti 24 MLB 16 16 230 6-2 Wyoming 4/7/1957 2 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
63 Edgar Fields 27 2 0 255 6-2 Texas A&M 3/10/1954 4 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1977
65 Amos Fowler 25 C 16 16 250 6-3 Southern Miss 2/11/1956 3 9 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
71 Steve Furness 31 dt 9 2 255 6-4 Rhode Island 12/5/1950 9 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 113th pick / 1972
79 William Gay 26 LDT 16 14 250 6-5 USC 5/28/1955 3 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
66 Tommie Ginn 23 13 0 253 6-3 Arkansas 1/25/1958 1 1 Detroit Lions / 5th / 120th pick / 1980
26 Hector Gray 24 db 16 4 192 6-1 Florida St. 1/2/1957 Rook 3
62 Curtis Green 24 de 14 4 256 6-3 Alabama St. 6/3/1957 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1981
35 Alvin Hall 23 KR 16 1 193 5-10 Miami (OH) 8/12/1958 Rook 0
51 James Harrell 24 16 0 224 6-1 Florida 7/19/1957 2 1
81 David Hill 27 TE 15 15 229 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 1/1/1954 5 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
17 Eric Hipple 24 QB 16 10 196 6-2 Utah St. 9/16/1957 1 10 Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1980
28 James Hunter 27 RCB 12 12 195 6-3 Grambling St. 3/8/1954 5 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
32 Rick Kane 27 rb 16 2 200 5-11 Oregon,San Jose St. 11/12/1954 4 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
25 Horace King 28 16 0 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 6 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
19 Jeff Komlo 25 qb 3 2 200 6-2 Delaware 7/30/1956 2 1 Detroit Lions / 9th / 231st pick / 1979
64 Larry Lee 22 16 0 265 6-2 UCLA 9/10/1959 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 129th pick / 1981
48 Robbie Martin 23 PR 16 0 179 5-8 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 12/3/1958 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1981
3 Eddie Murray 25 K 16 0 177 5-10 Tulane 8/29/1956 1 5 Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
86 Mark Nichols 22 12 0 210 6-2 San Jose St. 10/29/1959 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1981
82 Bob Niziolek 23 4 0 220 6-4 Colorado 6/30/1958 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 8th / 211th pick / 1981
80 Ulysses Norris 24 te 12 2 230 6-4 Georgia 1/15/1957 2 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 88th pick / 1979
23 Ray Oldham 30 SS 16 16 200 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 2/23/1951 8 7 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
89 Tracy Porter 22 12 0 196 6-2 LSU 6/1/1959 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 99th pick / 1981
75 Dave Pureifory 32 LDE 15 15 260 6-1 East. Michigan 7/12/1949 9 7 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
87 Freddie Scott 29 WR 16 15 180 6-2 Amherst 8/5/1952 7 11 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
20 Billy Sims* 26 RB 14 14 212 6-0 Oklahoma 9/18/1955 1 16 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1980
1 Tom Skladany* 26 P 16 0 192 6-0 Ohio St. 6/29/1955 3 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
44 Wayne Smith 24 LCB 16 16 171 6-0 Wisc-LaCrosse,Purdue 5/9/1957 1 7 Detroit Lions / 11th / 278th pick / 1980
50 Terry Tautolo 27 11 0 232 6-2 UCLA 8/30/1954 5 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 13th / 353rd pick / 1976
39 Leonard Thompson 29 WR 16 16 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 6 6 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
38 Vince Thompson 24 rb 13 1 230 6-0 Villanova 2/21/1957 Rook 2
55 Tom Turnure 24 16 0 250 6-4 Washington 7/9/1957 1 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 57th pick / 1980
59 Charlie Weaver 32 7 0 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 10 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
52 Stan White 32 RLB 16 16 225 6-1 Ohio St. 10/24/1949 9 9 Baltimore Colts / 17th / 438th pick / 1972
Team Total 26.3 16 222.9 6-1.9 3.6