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1998 Detroit Lions

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5-11-0, Finished 4th in NFC Central Division  · 1998 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.4, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -1.5, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 306 points (19.1/g), 20th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 378 points (23.6/g), 24th.
 Differential of -72 points (-4.5/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.0-10.0.

Coach: Bobby Ross (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Sylvester Croom
 Defensive Coordinator: Larry Peccatiello
 Other Notable Asst.: Jim Zorn (Quarterbacks)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Saginaw Valley State (Saginaw, 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 Charlie Batch 24 Rook 12 173 for 303, 2,178 yards, 11 td, 6 int, & 41 rushes for 229 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 60th pick / 1998
RB Barry Sanders* 30 9 16 343 rushes for 1,491 yards, 4 td, & 37 catches for 289 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1989
FB Tommy Vardell 29 6 9 18 rushes for 37 yards, 6 td, & 14 catches for 143 yards and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 9th pick / 1992
WR Herman Moore 29 7 15 82 catches for 983 yards, 5 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1991
WR Johnnie Morton 27 4 16 69 catches for 1,028 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 11 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1994
TE Walter Rasby 26 4 16 15 catches for 119 yards, 1 td
LT Ray Roberts 29 6 16 Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 10th pick / 1992
LG Mike Compton 28 5 16 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1993
C Jim Pyne 27 3 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 200th pick / 1994
RG Jeff Hartings 26 2 13 Detroit Lions / 1st / 23rd pick / 1996
RT Larry Tharpe 28 6 9 Detroit Lions / 6th / 145th pick / 1992
 Defensive Starters
LDE Robert Porcher 29 6 16 11.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 26th pick / 1992
LDT Dan Owens 31 8 11 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 35th pick / 1990
RDT Luther Elliss 25 3 16 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1995
RDE Kerwin Waldroup 24 2 13 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 158th pick / 1996
LLB Rob Fredrickson 27 4 16 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Raiders / 1st / 22nd pick / 1994
MLB Stephen Boyd 26 3 12 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 141st pick / 1995
RLB Allen Aldridge 26 4 15 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 51st pick / 1994
LCB Bryant Westbrook 24 1 16 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1997
RCB Terry Fair 22 Rook 10 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1998
SS Ron Rice 26 2 16 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Mark Carrier 30 8 13 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1990
 Special Teams Starters
K Jason Hanson 28 6 0 29 of 33 field goals & 27 of 29 extra points Detroit Lions / 2nd / 56th pick / 1992
P John Jett 30 5 0 66 punts for a 43.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Terry Fair 22 Rook 10 30 punt returns for a 6.3 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1998
KR Terry Fair 22 Rook 10 51 kick returns for a 28.0 average and 2 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1998

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
24 Kevin Abrams 24 rcb 16 7 175 5-8 Syracuse 2/28/1974 1 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 54th pick / 1997
55 Allen Aldridge 26 RLB 16 15 254 6-1 Houston 5/30/1972 4 6 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 51st pick / 1994
35 Robert Bailey 30 16 0 176 5-9 Miami (FL) 9/3/1968 7 1 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 107th pick / 1991
10 Charlie Batch 24 QB 12 12 220 6-2 East. Michigan 12/5/1974 Rook 9 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 60th pick / 1998
79 Eric Beverly 24 16 0 300 6-3 Miami (OH) 3/28/1974 Rook 1
57 Stephen Boyd 26 MLB 13 12 247 6-0 Boston Col. 8/22/1972 3 7 Detroit Lions / 5th / 141st pick / 1995
80 Tommie Boyd 27 9 0 195 6-0 Toledo 12/21/1971 1 0
39 Lamar Campbell 22 12 0 182 5-11 Wisconsin 8/29/1976 Rook 1
27 Mark Carrier 30 FS 13 13 192 6-1 USC 4/28/1968 8 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 6th pick / 1990
95 Mike Chalenski 28 8 0 279 6-5 Pittsburgh,UCLA 1/28/1970 5 1
81 Pete Chryplewicz 24 te 16 2 253 6-5 Notre Dame 4/27/1974 1 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 135th pick / 1997
77 Mike Compton 28 LG 16 16 310 6-6 West Virginia 9/18/1970 5 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1993
82 Germane Crowell 22 wr 14 2 213 6-3 Virginia 9/13/1976 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 50th pick / 1998
94 Luther Elliss 25 RDT 16 16 318 6-5 Utah 3/22/1973 3 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1995
23 Terry Fair 22 KR 14 10 185 5-9 Tennessee 7/20/1976 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1998
53 Rob Fredrickson 27 LLB 16 16 240 6-4 Michigan St. 5/13/1971 4 7 Los Angeles Raiders / 1st / 22nd pick / 1994
4 Jason Hanson 28 K 16 0 182 5-11 Washington St. 6/17/1970 6 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 56th pick / 1992
64 Jeff Hartings 26 RG 13 13 301 6-3 Penn St. 9/7/1972 2 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 23rd pick / 1996
46 Kevin Hickman 27 3 0 258 6-4 Navy 8/20/1971 3 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 186th pick / 1995
73 Darius Holland 25 dt 10 4 330 6-5 Colorado 11/10/1973 3 2 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1995
58 George Jamison 36 14 0 232 6-1 Cincinnati 9/30/1962 11 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1984 Supp
25 Greg Jeffries 27 db 15 3 195 5-9 Virginia 10/16/1971 5 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 147th pick / 1993
18 John Jett 30 P 14 0 197 6-0 East Carolina 11/11/1968 5 2
70 Andre Johnson 25 3 0 314 6-5 Penn St. 8/25/1973 1 0 Washington Redskins / 1st / 30th pick / 1996
99 Richard Jordan 24 lb 16 4 252 6-1 Missouri Southern 12/1/1974 1 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 239th pick / 1997
17 John Kidd 37 2 0 210 6-3 Northwestern 8/22/1961 14 0 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 128th pick / 1984
52 Scott Kowalkowski 30 15 0 220 6-2 Notre Dame 8/23/1968 7 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 216th pick / 1991
21 Jerris McPhail 26 3 0 198 5-11 Wake Forest,East Carolina 6/26/1972 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 134th pick / 1996
19 Scott Mitchell 30 qb 2 2 240 6-6 Utah 1/2/1968 7 2 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1990
84 Herman Moore 29 WR 15 15 210 6-4 Virginia 10/20/1969 7 9 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1991
87 Johnnie Morton 27 WR 16 16 190 6-0 USC 10/7/1971 4 10 Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1994
59 Kevin O'Neill 23 11 0 239 6-2 Bowling Green 4/14/1975 Rook 1
26 Brock Olivo 22 1 0 226 6-0 Missouri 6/24/1976 Rook 0
90 Dan Owens 31 LDT 11 11 280 6-3 USC 3/16/1967 8 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 35th pick / 1990
91 Robert Porcher 29 LDE 16 16 266 6-3 South Carolina St. 7/30/1969 6 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 26th pick / 1992
61 Jim Pyne 27 C 16 16 290 6-2 Virginia Tech 11/23/1971 3 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 200th pick / 1994
75 Tony Ramirez 25 rt 16 7 296 6-6 Northern Colorado 1/26/1973 1 4 Detroit Lions / 6th / 168th pick / 1997
89 Walter Rasby 26 TE 16 16 252 6-3 Wake Forest 9/7/1972 4 1
36 Travis Reece 23 3 0 252 6-3 Michigan St. 4/3/1975 Rook 0
14 Frank Reich 37 qb 6 2 210 6-4 Maryland 12/4/1961 13 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1985
28 Ron Rice 26 SS 16 16 216 6-1 East. Michigan 11/9/1972 2 7
34 Ron Rivers 27 15 0 205 5-8 Fresno St. 11/13/1971 3 1
72 Ray Roberts 29 LT 16 16 315 6-6 Virginia 6/3/1969 6 7 Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 10th pick / 1992
20 Barry Sanders* 30 RB 16 16 203 5-8 Oklahoma St. 7/16/1968 9 13 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1989
98 Don Sasa 26 2 0 290 6-3 Washington St. 9/16/1972 3 0 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 93rd pick / 1995
30 Cory Schlesinger 26 fb 15 2 247 6-0 Nebraska 6/23/1972 3 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 192nd pick / 1995
97 Tracy Scroggins 29 de 11 3 273 6-3 Tulsa 9/11/1969 6 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1992
62 Tony Semple 28 g 16 3 286 6-5 Memphis 12/20/1970 3 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 154th pick / 1994
86 David Sloan 26 te 10 2 260 6-6 New Mexico 6/8/1972 3 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 70th pick / 1995
92 Marc Spindler 29 de 15 1 290 6-5 Pittsburgh 11/28/1969 8 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1990
83 Brian Stablein 28 10 0 193 6-1 Ohio St. 4/14/1970 3 1 Denver Broncos / 8th / 210th pick / 1993
42 Ryan Stewart 25 16 0 207 6-1 Georgia Tech 9/30/1973 2 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1996
29 Kywin Supernaw 23 2 0 206 6-1 NE Oklahoma A&M,Indiana 6/2/1975 Rook 0
96 Henry Taylor 23 1 0 295 6-2 South Carolina 11/29/1975 Rook 0
71 Larry Tharpe 28 RT 16 9 300 6-4 Tennessee St. 11/19/1970 6 5 Detroit Lions / 6th / 145th pick / 1992
15 Corey Thomas 23 1 0 174 6-0 Duke 6/6/1975 Rook 0
98 Marvin Thomas 25 4 0 264 6-5 Memphis 10/19/1973 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 7th / 233rd pick / 1997
44 Tommy Vardell 29 FB 14 9 234 6-2 Stanford 2/20/1969 6 2 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 9th pick / 1992
93 Kerwin Waldroup 24 RDE 13 13 260 6-3 Michigan,Central State (OH) 8/1/1974 2 6 Detroit Lions / 5th / 158th pick / 1996
32 Bryant Westbrook 24 LCB 16 16 199 6-0 Texas 12/19/1974 1 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1997
Team Total 26.8 16 241.6 6-2.0 3.7