Detroit Lions Top 50: #50 Don Doll

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50. Don Doll, DB , 1949-1952

Don Doll is without a doubt, one of the best defensive backs in Detroit Lions history. His stint isnDetroit while short, was still impactful. He only sported Honolulu blue and silver from the 1949 season through the 52′ season, but set the all-time record for passes intercepted in a season, (12 in 1950) a record that still stands to this day.

Doll played his college ball at USC in southern California from 1944 – 1948 before joining the National Football League, and the Lions in 49′. He played safety for the 1952 Lions NFL Championship team and was also named the Pro Bowl MVP that same year.

He tied an NFL record in 1949 with four interceptions in a single game against the Chicago Bears and is the only player in NFL history to have 10 or more interceptions in each of three different seasons (1949, 1950 and 1953).

Following the 52′ season Doll was traded to the Washington Redskins. He would also go on to spend the 1955 season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Doll may have ended up higher on this list had he finished his career or spent more than four seasons in Detroit. Nonetheless, the Motor City remembers him for his time well spent.

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