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Detroit Lions Top 50: #47 Dre Bly

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47. Dré Bly, CB, 2003-2006

Dre Bly was a ballhawk before they came to be so common in the NFL. He lacked consistency largely due to the fact that if there was a remote opportunity that Bly could come away with the ball, he would go for the pic. That meant that Bly came up with a bunch of interceptions (19 in four years as a Lion), but also got burned for a bunch of touchdowns.

Still, Bly was a Pro Bowler for two of his four years as a Lion, and at the time of writing, remains the most recent Pro Bowl cornerback the Lions have fielded.

Bly played college football for the University of North Carolina (UNC), and earned All-American honors twice.

Bly was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and spent four seasons with the Rams, earning a Super Bowl ring with them from Super Bowl XXXIV.

Bly was the 2003 recipient of the Detroit Lions/Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association/Pro Football Writers Association’s Media-Friendly “Good Guy” Award. The Good Guy Award is given yearly to the Detroit Lions player who shows consideration to, and cooperation with the media at all times during the course of the season.

On March 1, 2007, Bly was traded by the Lions to the Denver Broncos for running back Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster, and a 5th round draft pick.

He would return to Detroit on July 2, 2010, but was released on Sept. 4, 2010.

Not only is Bly one of the best corners the Lions have had, but he likely falls in a top 10 of best free-agent signings. His first two years in Detroit were the best two years of his career.

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