Detroit Lions Top 50: #34-30

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32. Ed Flanagan, C, 1965-1974

As usual with most offensive lineman, we base performance off those that played around him.

Center, Ed Flanagan played in front of some very good offenses. He entered the starting lineup as a rookie and made four Pro Bowls, the most by a center in Lions history.

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  • He blocked for Mel Farr over his entire career, and was a huge part of the Lions’ 2,376-yard rushing attack in 1971. Flanagan’s blocking also helped instill the first 1,000-yard rusher in Lions history, Steve Owens, in 1971. He was also voted a team captain every year from 1969 until the 1974 season, when he officially retired from professional football.

    As of 2014[update], he is an assistant coach with the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League.