The Detroit Lions are one of those NFL teams that is somewhat hard to figure out. They have had great players over the years and also some great teams too. They have also had very spotty teams that end up having poor seasons too.
Running backs are very important to every team in football and there is a lot of pressure on them to perform. This is especially true during their rookie seasons. One of the most well known measuring sticks for running backs is 100 yard games. How many rookie running backs have had 100 yard games against the Detroit Lions?
The Lions have given up 100 or more yards rushing to a rookie running back 28 times since 1960.
-The youngest rookie running back to run for 100 or more yards against the Lions is Beanie Wells of the Cardinals when he did it in 2009 at the age of 21 years and 135 days.
-The oldest rookie running back to have a 100 yard game against the Lions was James Jackson who was 25 years and 50 days old when he did it in 2001 for the Browns.
-In 1961, a 22 year old Billy Kilmer, who would go on to have a long career at quarterback, rushed for a 100 yard game against the Lions while playing running back for the 49ers.
-Some of the notable names to have 100 yard games as rookie running backs going up against the Lions include Eric Dickerson, Fred Taylor, Warrick Dunn, Jonathan Stewart, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Robert Smith, Chuck Foreman, Jerome Bettis, LeGarrette Blount, Beanie Wells, and Ryan Grant.