Detroit Lions Top 50: #24-20 with VIDEO

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Half way has come and gone on our countdown of the Detroit Lions top 50 players of all-time. Numbers 25-50 consisted of a truly amazing group of multi-dimensional athletes. As we continue to move forward, naturally, the players continue to get better — and so does the fun! So, without further ado, lets begin!

24. Roger Brown, DT, 1960-1966

Roger Brown played on the Lions defensive line in a time when the NFL didn’t recognize quarterback sacks as an official statistic. Therefor, the fact that Brown is the all-time leader in Pro Bowl trips for a defensive lineman as a Lion with five, is an amazing feat.

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  • Brown was drafted in the 4th round, 42nd overall, in the 1960 NFL Draft out of Maryland Eastern Shore by the Lions. He played in the College All-star game in Chicago vs the Baltimore Colts alongside the original fearsome foursome,  Alex Karras, Sam Williams and Darris McCord. He had great quickness and agility considering the fact that he weighed in at 300 pounds.

    He was named the 1962 Outstanding Defensive Lineman in the league, and sacked both Bart Starr and Johnny Unitas for safeties. Tying an individual NFL record for safeties scored in a single season; first set in 1932. He played for the Lions through the 1966 season, then was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.