Continuing on with our countdown of the Detroit Lions top 50 players of all time, No. 44 – 40 has a few players that may surprise some of you. While longevity with the Lions is a key factor on how we’ve ranked the players on this list, some of the young guns continue to make their way onto the top 50. We go new school, old school, skill positions, special teams and everything in between.
44. Jim Arnold, P, 1986-1993
Hopefully I haven’t lost you already. The fact is, while the punter position isn’t flashy or popular it is just as important as any other position on the field. Furthermore, a good punter can be hard to come by. Jim Arnold could possibly be the best pure punter that has ever donned the blue and silver.
Arnold, who played his college football at Vanderbilt University, earning All-American honors along the way, was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1983.
He joined the Lions in 1986 and made two Pro Bowl appearances while with Detroit. (1987, 1988) Over his eight seasons in the Motor City, Arnold managed to set the franchise record for net punting average in a season by a full yard. It is a record that still stands today.
While Arnold was beat out by another Punter on our list, his accomplishments in Detroit earn him a mention on out top 50.