14. Dutch Clark, QB, 1931-1932 1934-1938
Dutch Clark’s stats do not show it, but Clark was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play for the Lions.
Clark is now a Hall of Famer and was a six-time All-Pro while with the Lions. He led Detroit to their first NFL championship in 1935.
To show how the game has evolved over the years, Clark finished his career with a 11-26 TD-INT ratio and with 1,507 passing yards. In the Lions championship season of 1935, Clark finished the season going 11-of-26 passing with 133 passing yards and two touchdowns, but he led the team with 427 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
During Clark’s first two years with the team, the club was known as the Portsmouth Spartans and during his last two years he also served as the team’s head coach.
Clark was also the head coach of the NFL’s Cleveland Rams from 1939 to 1942 and of the American Football League’s Seattle Bombers in 1944. He also coached as the college level, serving at head football coach at the Colorado School of Mines in 1933 and at the University of Detroit from 1951 to 1953. In addition, he was the head basketball coach at Colorado College from 1930 to 1933 and at the University of Colorado at Boulder for one season in 1934–35.