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1997 Detroit Lions

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9-7-0, NFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: 3.0, Defense: 0.9, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 379 points (23.7/g), 4th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 306 points (19.1/g), 10th.
 Differential of 73 points (4.6/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 10.0-6.0.

Coach: Bobby Ross (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Sylvester Croom
 Defensive Coordinator: Larry Peccatiello
 Other Notable Asst.: Marc Trestman (Quarterbacks)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Saginaw Valley State (Saginaw, 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 Scott Mitchell 29 6 16 293 for 509, 3,484 yards, 19 td, 14 int, & 37 rushes for 83 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1990
RB Barry Sanders*+ 29 8 16 335 rushes for 2,053 yards, 11 td, & 33 catches for 305 yards and 3 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1989
FB Tommy Vardell 28 5 10 32 rushes for 122 yards, 6 td, & 16 catches for 218 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 9th pick / 1992
WR Herman Moore*+ 28 6 16 104 catches for 1,293 yards, 8 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1991
WR Johnnie Morton 26 3 16 80 catches for 1,057 yards, 6 td, & 3 rushes for 33 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1994
TE David Sloan 25 2 12 29 catches for 264 yards, 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 70th pick / 1995
LT Ray Roberts 28 5 14 2 fumbles recovered Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 10th pick / 1992
LG Mike Compton 27 4 16 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1993
C Kevin Glover* 34 12 16 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1985
RG Jeff Hartings 25 1 16 Detroit Lions / 1st / 23rd pick / 1996
RT Larry Tharpe 27 5 15 Detroit Lions / 6th / 145th pick / 1992
 Defensive Starters
LDE Robert Porcher* 28 5 15 12.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 26th pick / 1992
LDT Mike Wells 26 3 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 125th pick / 1994
RDT Luther Elliss 24 2 16 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1995
RDE Kerwin Waldroup 23 1 11 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 158th pick / 1996
LLB George Jamison 35 10 10 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984 Supp
MLB Stephen Boyd 25 2 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 141st pick / 1995
RLB Reggie Brown 23 1 16 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1996
LCB Bryant Westbrook 23 Rook 14 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1997
RCB Corey Raymond 28 5 12 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
SS Ron Rice 25 1 8 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Mark Carrier 29 7 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1990
 Special Teams Starters
K Jason Hanson* 27 5 0 26 of 29 field goals & 39 of 40 extra points Detroit Lions / 2nd / 56th pick / 1992
P John Jett 29 4 0 84 punts for a 42.6 average, 2 blocked
PR Glyn Milburn 26 4 1 47 punt returns for a 9.2 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1993
KR Glyn Milburn 26 4 1 55 kick returns for a 23.9 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1993

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
24 Kevin Abrams 23 db 15 4 175 5-8 Syracuse 2/28/1974 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 54th pick / 1997
35 Robert Bailey 29 15 0 176 5-9 Miami (FL) 9/3/1968 6 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 107th pick / 1991
12 Matt Blundin 28 1 0 233 6-3 Virginia 3/7/1969 4 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 40th pick / 1992
96 Shane Bonham 27 16 0 272 6-2 Air Force,Tennessee 10/18/1970 3 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 93rd pick / 1994
57 Stephen Boyd 25 MLB 16 16 247 6-0 Boston Col. 8/22/1972 2 9 Detroit Lions / 5th / 141st pick / 1995
80 Tommie Boyd 26 wr 16 1 195 6-0 Toledo 12/21/1971 Rook 1
59 Reggie Brown 23 RLB 16 16 241 6-2 Texas A&M 9/28/1974 1 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1996
27 Mark Carrier 29 FS 16 16 192 6-1 USC 4/28/1968 7 9 Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1990
81 Pete Chryplewicz 23 10 0 253 6-5 Notre Dame 4/27/1974 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 135th pick / 1997
29 Harry Colon 28 db 8 4 203 6-0 Missouri 2/14/1969 6 2 New England Patriots / 8th / 196th pick / 1991
77 Mike Compton 27 LG 16 16 310 6-6 West Virginia 9/18/1970 4 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1993
94 Luther Elliss 24 RDT 16 16 318 6-5 Utah 3/22/1973 2 9 Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1995
53 Kevin Glover* 34 C 16 16 278 6-2 Maryland 6/17/1963 12 10 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1985
50 Ben Hanks 25 2 0 223 6-2 Florida 7/31/1972 1 0
4 Jason Hanson* 27 K 16 0 182 5-11 Washington St. 6/17/1970 5 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 56th pick / 1992
64 Jeff Hartings 25 RG 16 16 301 6-3 Penn St. 9/7/1972 1 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 23rd pick / 1996
66 Hessley Hempstead 25 g 16 1 295 6-1 Kansas 1/29/1972 2 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 228th pick / 1995
82 Kevin Hickman 26 4 0 258 6-4 Navy 8/20/1971 2 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 186th pick / 1995
58 George Jamison 35 LLB 16 10 232 6-1 Cincinnati 9/30/1962 10 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984 Supp
25 Greg Jeffries 26 db 15 2 195 5-9 Virginia 10/16/1971 4 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 147th pick / 1993
18 John Jett 29 P 16 0 197 6-0 East Carolina 11/11/1968 4 2
99 Richard Jordan 23 10 0 252 6-1 Missouri Southern 12/1/1974 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 239th pick / 1997
67 Travis Kirschke 23 3 0 298 6-3 UCLA 9/6/1974 Rook 0
52 Scott Kowalkowski 29 16 0 220 6-2 Notre Dame 8/23/1968 6 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 216th pick / 1991
55 Antonio London 26 llb 16 6 238 6-2 Alabama 4/14/1971 4 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1993
39 Van Malone 27 db 8 4 189 5-11 Texas 7/1/1970 3 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 57th pick / 1994
83 Kez McCorvey 25 7 0 184 6-0 Florida St. 1/23/1972 2 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 156th pick / 1995
89 Pete Metzelaars 37 te 16 6 254 6-7 Wabash 5/24/1960 15 1 Seattle Seahawks / 3rd / 75th pick / 1982
33 Glyn Milburn 26 KR 16 1 177 5-8 Oklahoma,Stanford 2/19/1971 4 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1993
19 Scott Mitchell 29 QB 16 16 240 6-6 Utah 1/2/1968 6 12 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1990
84 Herman Moore*+ 28 WR 16 16 210 6-4 Virginia 10/20/1969 6 13 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1991
87 Johnnie Morton 26 WR 16 16 190 6-0 USC 10/7/1971 3 11 Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1994
91 Robert Porcher* 28 LDE 16 15 266 6-3 South Carolina St. 7/30/1969 5 12 Detroit Lions / 1st / 26th pick / 1992
38 Daryl Porter 23 7 0 188 5-9 Boston Col. 1/16/1974 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 186th pick / 1997
75 Tony Ramirez 24 2 0 296 6-6 Northern Colorado 1/26/1973 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 168th pick / 1997
31 Corey Raymond 28 RCB 13 12 185 5-11 LSU 7/28/1969 5 6
14 Frank Reich 36 6 0 210 6-4 Maryland 12/4/1961 12 0 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1985
28 Ron Rice 25 SS 12 8 216 6-1 East. Michigan 11/9/1972 1 4
34 Ron Rivers 26 16 0 205 5-8 Fresno St. 11/13/1971 2 1
72 Ray Roberts 28 LT 14 14 315 6-6 Virginia 6/3/1969 5 7 Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 10th pick / 1992
73 Juan Roque 23 t 13 1 333 6-8 Arizona St. 2/6/1974 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 35th pick / 1997
54 Matt Russell 24 14 0 245 6-2 Colorado 7/5/1973 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 130th pick / 1997
20 Barry Sanders*+ 29 RB 16 16 203 5-8 Oklahoma St. 7/16/1968 8 19 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1989
30 Cory Schlesinger 25 fb 16 2 247 6-0 Nebraska 6/23/1972 2 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 192nd pick / 1995
97 Tracy Scroggins 28 rde 15 6 273 6-3 Tulsa 9/11/1969 5 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1992
62 Tony Semple 27 g 16 1 286 6-5 Memphis 12/20/1970 2 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 154th pick / 1994
86 David Sloan 25 TE 14 12 260 6-6 New Mexico 6/8/1972 2 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 70th pick / 1995
92 Marc Spindler 28 10 0 290 6-5 Pittsburgh 11/28/1969 7 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1990
42 Ryan Stewart 24 8 0 207 6-1 Georgia Tech 9/30/1973 1 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1996
82 Eric Stocz 23 6 0 258 6-4 Westminster (PA) 5/25/1974 1 0
71 Larry Tharpe 27 RT 16 15 300 6-4 Tennessee St. 11/19/1970 5 7 Detroit Lions / 6th / 145th pick / 1992
44 Tommy Vardell 28 FB 16 10 234 6-2 Stanford 2/20/1969 5 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 9th pick / 1992
93 Kerwin Waldroup 23 RDE 11 11 260 6-3 Michigan,Central State (OH) 8/1/1974 1 6 Detroit Lions / 5th / 158th pick / 1996
95 Mike Wells 26 LDT 16 16 310 6-3 Iowa 1/16/1971 3 8 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 125th pick / 1994
32 Bryant Westbrook 23 LCB 15 14 199 6-0 Texas 12/19/1974 Rook 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1997
Team Total 26.6 16 241.6 6-1.9 3.5