The Detroit Lions, one of the oldest franchises in the entire National Football League, have had a long and interesting history. Over the years, they have not experienced a lot of team success though they have fielded quality teams at times.
One of the essential parts of a winning franchise is a great running back. One of the traditional ways to measure how effective a running back has been is by looking at how many 1,000 yard seasons he put up. Who though has put up the most 1,000 yard seasons in Detroit Lions history?
For any football fan with even a little bit of knowledge, this is one of the easiest questions there is. In 1989, the Lions drafted one of the best running backs in NFL history, Barry Sanders. He played with the team for ten seasons before retiring and rushed for more than 1,000 yards each and every year.
This puts Sanders at the top of the Lions list with ten 1,000 yard seasons. Through the 2009 NFL season, the Lions have only had 17 total 1,000 yard rushing years from their running backs in the team’s entire history. At second place with three 1,000 yard seasons is Billy Sims, and in third with two 1,000 yard seasons is James Stewart. Only two other running backs have ever rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the team and they each did it one time, they are Steve Owens and Kevin Jones.