As summer moves along and training camp nears in Allen Park, Michigan, we continue along with our countdown of the Detroit Lions top 50 players of all-time. We’ve already been deep into the 1950’s and come as far forward as current Lions captains, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford. With the top 30 right around the corner, we tighten the reins and the ranking.
Lets dive in — who’s next on our countdown?
34. Brett Perriman, WR, 1991-1996
Brett Perriman is a perfect example of what the Lions have lacked in recent seasons in the passing attack, a consistent No. 2 wideout. Perriman was an underrated receiver, but a productive one nonetheless.
In 1995, Perriman had a career high 108 receptions for 1,488 yards (second highest single-season total in team history). His teammate that year, Herman Moore, had 123 receptions and 1,686 yards (both franchise records), and Moore/Perriman became the first duo in NFL history with more than 100 receptions in the same season. They were also the first duo to post 1,400 yards each in the same season.
Perriman’s receiving yards and receptions are good for third and fourth all-time in Detroit in those respective single-season categories.
Perriman was a key contributor on Detroit teams that made the playoffs in 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1995. The 1991 and 1993 teams won the NFC Central Division title. The 1991 team posted a franchise record 12 victories and appeared in the NFC Championship game. Perriman currently ranks third on Detroit’s all-time list with 428 receptions for 5,244 yards.
He finished his career with 525 receptions, 6,589 yards, and 30 touchdowns. He also had 180 rushing yards. On Nov. 6, 1994, Perriman became the first player to score 2 two-point conversions in one game, both coming in the 4th quarter.
Perriman was a perfect compliment to those who played around him, and he is a perfect addition to our list as well.