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1983 Detroit Lions

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9-7-0, NFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.1, Offense: -1.2, Defense: 3.3, SoS: -1.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 347 points (21.7/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (17.9/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 61 points (3.8/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 9.8-6.2.

Coach: Monte Clark (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ted Marchibroda
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Beard

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 26 3 16 204 for 387, 2,577 yards, 12 td, 18 int, & 41 rushes for 171 yards and 3 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1980
RB Billy Sims 28 3 12 220 rushes for 1,040 yards, 7 td, & 42 catches for 419 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1980
FB James Jones 22 Rook 14 135 rushes for 475 yards, 6 td, & 46 catches for 467 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1983
WR Mark Nichols 24 2 11 29 catches for 437 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 13 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1981
WR Leonard Thompson 31 8 12 41 catches for 752 yards, 3 td, & 4 rushes for 72 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
TE Ulysses Norris 26 4 15 26 catches for 291 yards, 7 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 88th pick / 1979
LT Chris Dieterich 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 140th pick / 1980
LG Homer Elias 28 5 14 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
C Steve Mott 22 Rook 12 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1983
RG Don Greco 24 1 12 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1981
RT Keith Dorney 26 4 12 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
 Defensive Starters
LDE Curtis Green 26 2 16 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1981
LDT Mike Dawson 30 7 7 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1976
RDT Doug English* 30 8 15 13.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
RDE William Gay 28 5 15 13.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
LLB Garry Cobb 26 4 15 1.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 247th pick / 1979
MLB Ken Fantetti 26 4 16 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
RLB Jimmy Williams 23 1 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 15th pick / 1982
LCB Bobby Watkins 23 1 16 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1982
RCB Al Latimer 26 4 8 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
SS Alvin Hall 25 2 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
FS William Graham 24 1 14 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 127th pick / 1982
 Special Teams Starters
K Eddie Murray 27 3 0 25 of 32 field goals & 38 of 38 extra points Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
P Mike Black 22 Rook 0 71 punts for a 41.0 average, 1 blocked Detroit Lions / 7th / 181st pick / 1983
PR Ken Jenkins 24 Rook 0 23 punt returns for a 10.0 average and 0 td
KR Alvin Hall 25 2 16 23 kick returns for a 21.4 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)
54 Roosevelt Barnes 25 lb 16 1 226 6-2 Purdue 8/3/1958 1 3 Detroit Lions / 10th / 266th pick / 1982
11 Mike Black 22 P 16 0 197 6-1 Arizona St. 1/18/1961 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 181st pick / 1983
24 Dexter Bussey 31 rb 15 3 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 9 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
41 Jim Caver 23 2 0 175 5-9 Missouri 9/28/1960 Rook 0
89 Jeff Chadwick 23 wr 16 4 190 6-3 Grand Valley St. 12/16/1960 Rook 6
53 Garry Cobb 26 LLB 15 15 227 6-2 USC 3/16/1957 4 9 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 247th pick / 1979
66 Mike Cofer 23 rde 16 6 245 6-5 Tennessee 4/7/1960 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1983
50 August Curley 23 10 0 226 6-3 USC 1/24/1960 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1983
16 Gary Danielson 32 10 0 195 6-2 Purdue 9/10/1951 7 2
73 Mike Dawson 30 LDT 16 7 270 6-4 Arizona 10/16/1953 7 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1976
72 Chris Dieterich 25 LT 16 16 262 6-3 North Carolina St. 7/27/1958 3 8 Detroit Lions / 6th / 140th pick / 1980
58 Steve Doig 23 9 0 240 6-2 New Hampshire 3/28/1960 1 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1982
70 Keith Dorney 26 RT 13 12 268 6-5 Penn St. 12/3/1957 4 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
61 Homer Elias 28 LG 14 14 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 5/1/1955 5 7 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
78 Doug English* 30 RDT 15 15 255 6-5 Texas 8/25/1953 8 14 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
74 Mike Fanning 30 ldt 14 5 255 6-6 Notre Dame 2/2/1953 8 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1975
57 Ken Fantetti 26 MLB 16 16 230 6-2 Wyoming 4/7/1957 4 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
65 Amos Fowler 27 c 16 4 250 6-3 Southern Miss 2/11/1956 5 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
79 William Gay 28 LDT 15 15 250 6-5 USC 5/28/1955 5 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
33 William Graham 24 FS 14 14 191 5-11 Texas 9/27/1959 1 7 Detroit Lions / 5th / 127th pick / 1982
26 Hector Gray 26 1 0 192 6-1 Florida St. 1/2/1957 2 0
67 Don Greco 24 RG 12 12 260 6-3 West. Illinois 4/1/1959 1 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1981
62 Curtis Green 26 LDE 16 16 256 6-3 Alabama St. 6/3/1957 2 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1981
35 Alvin Hall 25 KR 16 16 193 5-10 Miami (OH) 8/12/1958 2 8
51 James Harrell 26 16 0 224 6-1 Florida 7/19/1957 4 1
23 Maurice Harvey 27 9 0 190 5-10 Ball St. 1/14/1956 5 1 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 86th pick / 1978
17 Eric Hipple 26 QB 16 16 196 6-2 Utah St. 9/16/1957 3 10 Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1980
31 Ken Jenkins 24 PR 12 0 183 5-8 Bucknell 5/8/1959 Rook 0
21 Demetrious Johnson 22 db 14 2 190 5-11 Missouri 7/21/1961 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 115th pick / 1983
30 James Jones 22 FB 14 14 229 6-2 Florida 3/21/1961 Rook 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1983
32 Rick Kane 29 14 0 200 5-11 Oregon,San Jose St. 11/12/1954 6 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
25 Horace King 30 rb 16 1 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 8 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
43 Al Latimer 26 RCB 8 8 176 5-11 Ferrum,Clemson 10/14/1957 4 4
64 Larry Lee 24 rg 16 6 265 6-2 UCLA 9/10/1959 2 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 129th pick / 1981
83 Robbie Martin 25 10 0 179 5-8 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 12/3/1958 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1981
81 Reese McCall 27 te 16 5 239 6-6 Auburn 6/16/1956 5 0 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 25th pick / 1978
29 Bruce McNorton 24 RCB 16 8 175 5-11 Georgetown (KY) 2/28/1959 1 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1982
63 Martin Moss 25 15 0 250 6-4 UCLA 12/16/1958 1 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 208th pick / 1982
52 Steve Mott 22 C 13 12 266 6-3 Alabama 3/24/1961 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1983
3 Eddie Murray 27 K 16 0 177 5-10 Tulane 8/29/1956 3 5 Detroit Lions / 7th / 166th pick / 1980
86 Mark Nichols 24 WR 16 11 210 6-2 San Jose St. 10/29/1959 2 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1981
80 Ulysses Norris 26 TE 15 15 230 6-4 Georgia 1/15/1957 4 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 88th pick / 1979
84 Rob Rubick 23 te 16 1 232 6-3 Grand Valley St. 9/27/1960 1 1 Detroit Lions / 12th / 326th pick / 1982
87 Freddie Scott 31 15 0 180 6-2 Amherst 8/5/1952 9 1 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
20 Billy Sims 28 RB 13 12 212 6-0 Oklahoma 9/18/1955 3 12 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1980
71 Rich Strenger 23 t 16 4 280 6-7 Michigan 3/10/1960 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1983
39 Leonard Thompson 31 WR 13 12 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 8 8 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
38 Vince Thompson 26 rb 10 2 230 6-0 Villanova 2/21/1957 2 1
55 Tom Turnure 26 16 0 250 6-4 Washington 7/9/1957 3 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 57th pick / 1980
34 Danny Wagoner 24 14 0 180 5-10 Kansas 12/12/1959 1 1 Detroit Lions / 9th / 231st pick / 1982
27 Bobby Watkins 23 LCB 16 16 184 5-10 Texas St. 5/31/1960 1 9 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1982
59 Jimmy Williams 23 RLB 16 16 228 6-3 Nebraska 11/15/1960 1 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 15th pick / 1982
Team Total 25.8 16 220.3 6-1.5 3.0