Detroit Lions: Top 5 leading rushers since Barry Sanders
#5: Reggie Bush
Years in Detroit: 2013-14
Rushing yards as a Lion: 1,303
The Lions’ biggest free agent pickup in 2013, Bush immediately made a splash with just over 1,000 rushing yards and another 500 receiving for the year. After an injury-riddled 2014 season (and an effective second option in Joique Bell) limited his touches, Bush moved on after only two seasons in Detroit. Until Kerryon Johnson last year, Bush was the most recent Lion to break 100 yards in a game, and he remains the last Lion to gain 1,000 yards in a season.
#4: Joique Bell
Years in Detroit: 2012-16
Rushing yards as a Lion: 2,245
Undrafted out of nearby Wayne State, the local legend forged a solid four year career with the Lions. Though never a full time starter, Bell was productive any time he saw the field, with a career best 860 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014.
Beyond his contributions as a gutty overachiever, Joique’s lasting imprint in my memory has to be his simple but sort of hilarious signature touchdown celebration. Any time No. 35 climbed into the front row and started leading the crowd in some unison double arm waving was always a good day in Detroit.