Detroit Lion Secondary: Front and Center

May 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

That picture says a lot, even at his age, I'd probably have the same welcome if Lem Barney wanted to come back and play today.
But it hasn't always been this bad.
Believe it or not there was a time when the Lions had an all-time secondary anchored by the original No. 20 and hall of famer, Lem Barney.
Actually, between Barney, Dick LeBeau and Dick "Night Train" Lane the Lions had at least one and usually two future Hall of Fame defensive backs starting at corner from 1960 to 1977.
Okay, you caught me.
Just because the writers are idiots and haven't put Dick LeBeau in "their" hall of fame yet, doesn't mean I have to leave him out of mine. If you're a Lion fan and old enough to have seen him play, I'm sure he is in your hall of fame too.
Unfortunately, 1977 was a very long time ago and while there has been some decent defensive backs like James Harris and Ray Crockett over the years only two Lion defensive backs have made the Pro Bowl since then.

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