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If You Could Add Any Former Detroit Lions Player to the Roster, Who Would It Be?


It has become a SideLion Report habit to swap questions with the FanSided blog that covers the team the Lions are playing each week.

This week is no different but one of the questions that came from The Viking Age‘s Dan Zinski this week was particularly interesting. Here goes:

Except for Barry Sanders, which Lions player of the past would you most like to have for this year’s team?

That question really got me thinking. A bunch of names immediately came to mind but I ended up selecting one that might not be so obvious. I sent the following response*:

I will limit my choices to the players that have been with the Lions since my NFL consciousness began in about 1990. From there, my choice is framed by the current state of the team and its needs. Lomas Brown, Herman Moore or Robert Porcher would be great answers but I feel that a different answer would have a bigger impact on this current group of Lions. Drumroll please…Bennie Blades. It might seems like an answer out of left field but the Lions could use a player like Blades at safety, especially with Louis Delmas now out of action again. An honorable mention goes to Kevin Glover who went to three straight Pro Bowls as a center for the Lions.

Some other great choices exist had I been willing to expand the pool to include former great Lions that played before my time. Perhaps SLR readers that go back to the championship days of the 50s could offer a more well-rounded answer. I figured this would make for a fun Friday topic so whether you’re a fan new or old, I invite you to answer this question in the comments section down below.

*I believe this marks the first time I have ever quoted myself in a post.

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  • http://twitter.com/chipinvegas Brian Seymour

    When I saw the article teased on Twitter my initial thought was Bennie Blades as well.

  • http://twitter.com/Moses56 Michael olsen

    For me, Chris Spielman comes to mind right away, but I feel that Stephen Tulloch is doing a great job in the middle. Bennie Blades is also a great choice at FS. If I had to pick, however, my top two choices would be either Jerry Ball in the interior of the defensive line, with his more run-stopping approach than Suh and Fairley. Or it would be William White at Strong Safety. I don’t think he was a better player than Blades, but I value the position more as I feel it has more of a direct impact on a play by play basis.

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      I don’t think William White got the credit he deserved, good choice.

  • James Evanoski

    Could we go to the 80′s? If so I would say Billy Sims at running back. If not him then I would say Herman Moore. Good luck stopping that attack!!!

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      You can answer however you want, I just felt the need to limit it to players I have seen in person. Definitely not a requirement!

  • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

    Night Train Lane would be much needed a force in the secondary, but none of his hits would be legal anymore!

  • Court3586

    Bennie Blades, that dude was rad and knew how to hit

  • http://twitter.com/tjsharpe777 Tim Sharpe

    Excluding Barry Sanders… Alex Karras! Put him in our D-line rotation & opposing QBs would be running for their lives every time they stepped on the field ;)
    #Alex Karras, #71WasBeast

  • As-Sabur Vines

    Hmmmmmmm….love the Benny Blades mentions, but I’ll go in a different direction. I’d like Brett Perriman followed by Dre Bly.

  • Braden Shackelford

    Hands down I’d take Billy Sims. Could you imagine a tandem of Billy Sims, Calvin Johnson, and Matthew Stafford on offense? Pair Sims with mikel leshoure and you have two tank of a players who could rotate with fresh legs. Good luck defenses, if you put 8 men in the box Stafford and his talented receivers will take it to you. Drop 5 men in coverage and you have to deal with Sims and leshoure.

  • Zach Berridge

    Always been a fan of power running, and If the Lions ever went back to a more balanced offensive scheme, Cory Schlesinger’s the man at fullback. LB Stephen Boyd a close second…wish he could have gutted out a couple more years.