The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team. They are based in Detroit. The franchise participate in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The home field of the Lions is Ford Field in Downtown Detroit. The regular seating capacity of Ford Field is just about 65,000 and it can be expanded up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball.
The present Head coach of the team is Jim Caldwell and Mascot of the team is Detroit Lions Roary. Martha Firestone Ford is the owner of the Detroit Lions and their fight song is Gridiron Heroes. The Lions' flagship radio station is WJR 760 AM. The team’s colors are Honolulu blue, silver, black, and white. At this time, in its 87th season, the Lions are one of the oldest franchises in National Football League.
The Lions are originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called as the Portsmouth Spartans. The team began play in 1928 as an independent professional team. The franchise formally joined the NFL on July 12, 1930 and started to play in the league in the 1930 season. The Detroit Lions home field from 1930 to 1933 was Universal Stadium. The team was bought and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.
After joining the NFL in 1930, it wasn't possible for the team to continue in Portsmouth. In 1934, the team was bought by George Richards and a group of other investors. It guided the team to move to Detroit. The name of the team changed to the Detroit Lions, for the reason that Richards sought after his team to be the champ of the NFL.
The Detroit Lions could win their first NFL championship in 1935 by defeating New York Giants. The Lions have so far won four NFL championships. But, their most recent was in 1957 and it gives the franchise a repulsive record of the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. After a sizzling beginning, the Detroit has been a bit of a mess and their overall performance also went down. They are one of four current teams, the only pre-NFL–AFL unification team, and the only NFC team to have not yet appeared in the Super Bowl. The Detroit Lions could make 17 NFL Playoff appearances as of 2014.
Although the team has a well-documented history of losing, the Detroit Lions have fielded a massive amount of talents and amazing players since its establishment. Including Lem Barney, Jack Christiansen, Dutch Clark, Lou Creemur, Curley Culp, Bill Dudley, Frank Gatski, John Henry Johnson, Dick 'Night Train' Lane, Yale Lary, Bobby Layne, Dick LeBeau, Ollie Matson, Barry Sanders, Charlie Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Doak Walker, Alex Wojciechowicz, etc.
The Detroit Lions' Hall of Fame consists of Lem Barney, Jack Christiansen, Dutch Clark, Lou Creekmur, Dick Lane, Yale Lary, Bobby Layne, Barry Sanders, Charlie Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Doak Walker, and Alex Wojciechowicz. Previous Detroit Lions players with retired numbers comprise #7 Dutch Clark, #20 Barry Sanders, #22 Bobby Layne, #37 Doak Walker, #56 Joe Schmidt, and #85 Chuck Hughes.