Top 10 Detroit Lions of All-Time According to ChatGPT

Top 10 Detroit Lions of All-Time According to ChatGPT
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

ChatGPT has been getting a lot of attention lately. At the rate its usage is increasing, it might turn out to be a dominating influence in the years ahead throughout business and culture.

However, at, the home of information on Michigan betting sites, ChatGPT was called on for more of a fun task. This one should produce the type of results sports fans enjoy debating.

For this exercise, the question posed to ChatGPT was: “Who are the Top 10 Detroit Lions of all-time?”

The artificial intelligence device prefaced its answer by saying, “As an AI language model, I do not have personal preferences or the ability to form opinions. However, I can provide a list of the top 10 Detroit Lions players based on statistical achievements, impact on the team, and overall legacy. They are in no particular order.”

Though that might be true, the order of the all-time Lions presented by ChatGPT is still pretty much in line with what many humans who use Michigan sportsbook apps might select.

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What Is ChatGPT?

First, some background on ChatGPT.

A San Francisco-based company called OpenAI created the artificial intelligence chatbot device. The company describes itself as an artificial intelligence research and deployment outfit. Very quickly, everyday people as well as companies have become more aware of ChatGPT and begun using it for daily applications. The program is trained to follow an instruction in a prompt and provide a detailed response.

Globally, about 100 million people use ChatGPT, research indicates.

So here is the list of Lions greats that the device came up with:

ChatGPT’s Top 10 Detroit Lions of All-Time

RankPos, Player Years With Team
1 RB Barry Sanders 1989-98
2 WR Calvin Johnson 2007-15
3 DB Lem Barney 1967-77
4 DB Dick “Night Train” Lane 1960-65
5 QB Bobby Layne 1950-58
6 DT Alex Karras 1958-62, 1964-70
7 LB Joe Schmidt (also coach) 1953-65, 1967-72
8 WR Herman Moore 1991-2001
9 RB/K Doak Walker 1950-55
10 LB Chris Spielman (also executive) 1988-95, 2020-present

Running Legend Ranks No. 1

At the top of the list is Barry Sanders, who electrified Lions fans and league observers for a decade. If Sanders played today, you’d think the Lions Super Bowl Odds would have even better odds than their current +2000 at BetMGM Michigan sportsbook. The have the ninth-best odds to win it all and are the favorites to take the NFC North division title at +130.

To stir debate, two players on the list are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and some Lions who are in Canton are not in the ChatGPT top 10.

Keep in mind, these are great players but neither wide receiver Herman Moore nor linebacker Chris Spielman are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at least not yet.

Moore caught 670 passes for more than 9,000 yards and 62 touchdowns for the Lions and was named to four Pro Bowls. Spielman was named to four Pro Bowls and had 1,363 combined tackles in eight seasons in Detroit. He also played two seasons for Buffalo.

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Omissions That We Deem Worthy

Not on the top 10 list is Yale Lary, a Hall of Fame defensive back and punter. Lary lost two NFL seasons because of military service in the 1950s but still finished his 11 campaigns in Detroit with 50 interceptions. And as a nine-time Pro Bowler as a punter, he had a career 44.3-yard average.

Another Hall of Fame Lion not selected by AI was defensive back Dick LeBeau. As a defensive coordinator and assistant with various NFL teams, LeBeau was celebrated for his defensive tactics. But as a player for the Lions, LeBeau intercepted 62 passes in his 14 seasons, which is still the franchise record.

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Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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