15. Lomas Brown – (offensive tackle) – Scott Mitchell might not remember him that fondly, but Lions fans know the important value tackle Lomas Brown brought to the franchise during his playing career.
Lomas Brown played a long-time in the NFL, and for much of his career he performed at an extremely high level.
The Lions selected Brown with the sixth overall pick in the 1985 draft. Brown played with the Lions for eleven seasons (from 1985-1995), before continuing his career with brief stints as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.
Brown was selected to the Pro Bowl on seven different occasions. His stellar blocking helped pave the way for many of Barry Sanders’ successful rushing seasons. He was an integral part of the offensive line that helped Sanders reach 2,000 yards (2,053 to be exact) in 1997. If Sanders was Superman, Brown and Kevin Glover were Batman and Robin, respectively.
Brown reached the playoffs four times as a Lion, all while staying durable and dependable (he only missed thirteen games in his eleven seasons as a Lion).
He would reach the pinnacle of sports (team) success when he won the 2002 Super Bowl, as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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