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1956 Detroit Lions (NFL) 2nd place Western Conference 9-3-0 .750
Head Coach: Buddy Parker
Offensive BacksRed Cochran
LineAldo Forte
DefenseGarrard Ramsey
EndsGeorge Wilson
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/17/1956NPittsburgh Steelers20-15WToledo, OHGlass Bowl11912
Sat8/25/1956NChicago Cardinals20-17WMobile, ALLadd Memorial Stadium14000
Fri8/31/1956NPhiladelphia Eagles30-14WMiami, FLOrange Bowl21997
Fri9/7/1956HCleveland Browns17-0WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium48105
Sat9/15/1956ACleveland Browns31-14WAkron, OHRubber Bowl28201
Sun9/23/1956NWashington Redskins17-19LBuffalo, NYCivic Stadium23812
Sun9/30/1956AGreen Bay Packers20-16WGreen Bay, WICity Stadium24668
Sat10/6/1956ABaltimore Colts31-14WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium42622
Sun10/14/1956HLos Angeles Rams24-21WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium56281
Sun10/21/1956HSan Francisco 49ers20-17WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium55662
Sun10/28/1956ALos Angeles Rams16-7WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum76758
Sun11/4/1956ASan Francisco 49ers17-13WSan Francisco, CAKezar Stadium46708
Sun11/11/1956AWashington Redskins17-18LWashington, DCGriffith Stadium28003
Sun11/18/1956HBaltimore Colts27-3WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium55788
Thu11/22/1956HGreen Bay Packers20-24LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium54087
Sun12/2/1956HChicago Bears42-10WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium57024
Sun12/9/1956HPittsburgh Steelers45-7WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium52124
Sun12/16/1956AChicago Bears21-38LChicago, ILWrigley Field49086
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
50Charlie AneC6'226025Compton CC; Southern California12
33Bill BowmanFB6'221525William & Mary6
67Stan CampbellROG6'022626Iowa State7
40Howard CassadyLOH-ROH5'1018322Ohio State12
24Jack ChristiansenLS6'119028Colorado State12
76Lou CreekmurLOT6'424629William & Mary12
68Gene CroninRDE6'222923Sacramento CC; Pacific12
25Jimmy DavidLDH5'1017829Colorado State12
43Milt DavisDB6'118827Los Angeles CC; UCLA1
87Dorne DibbleLOE6'219527Michigan State12
87Jim DoranLOH-ROE-LOE6'220129Iowa State11
85Sonny GandeeLLB6'021627Ohio State12
26Gene GedmanROH-FB5'1119524Indiana12
12Harry GilmerQB6'016930Alabama6
23Jug GirardLOH-P-LOE5'1117629Wisconsin10
82Leon HartFB-LOH6'525728Notre Dame11
21Carl KarilivaczRDH6'018826Syracuse11
70Ray KrouseLDT6'326329Maryland12
28Yale LaryRS-P6'018726Texas A&M12
22Bobby LayneQB-K6'120130Texas12
86Bob LongRLB6'323222UCLA12
57Bob LuskC6'122224William & Mary5
72Gil MainsRDE-RDT6'224327Murray State8
47Jim MartinK6'222732Notre Dame12
78Darris McCordLDE6'425023Tennessee12
42Don McIlhennyROH6'019722Southern Methodist9
84Dave MiddletonROE6'119423Auburn12
74Bob MillerRDT6'324227Virginia12
79Gerry PerryLDE-LDT6'423726Pepperdine; Compton CC; California12
15Jerry ReichowQB6'221722Iowa8
60Jim SalsburyROG-C6'123324UCLA11
56Joe SchmidtMLB6'122024Pittsburgh12
66Harley SewellLOG6'123025Texas12
75Ollie SpencerROT6'224525Kansas12
20Bill StitsRDH-OHB6'019425UCLA12
30Tom TracyFB5'920522Tennessee6
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Howard Cassady13BOhio State
Don McIlhenny327BSouthern Methodist
Jerry Reichow438QBIowa
Tom Tracy550BTennessee
Bob Lusk662CWilliam & Mary
Gene Cronin774GPacific
Jack Powell886TTexas A&M
Cal Jones998GIowa
Joe Silas10110DESouth Carolina
Lou Wacker11122BRichmond
Tom Selep11124BMarylandfrom PIT
Bob Nunnery12134TLouisiana State
O.K. Ferguson13146BLouisiana State
Ronnie Falls14158LBDuke
Horace Allert15170DETexas State
Ken Wind17194EHouston
Turk Petrarca18206BBoston College
Dale Vaughn19218BVirginia Military Institute
Joe Stephenson20230EVanderbilt
Bob Blechen21242CWhittier
Dick Marazza22254TClemson
Bobby Garrard23266BGeorgia
Jarv Walz24278ECentral Michigan
Jerry Hall25290BRice
Joe Walden26302BWest Texas A&M
Bryan Burnthorne27314GTulane
John Smith28326GNorthwestern
Doug Peters29338BUCLA
John Gibbens30350TTexas State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals58986975
Opponents Totals23603768
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals2471221111466668
Opponents Totals18181841648519
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Bobby Layne53333100.0121580.0099
Gene Gedman80000048
Leon Hart60000036
Don McIlhenny50000030
Dave Middleton50000030
Jim Martin033100.041040.0015
Bill Bowman20000012
Dorne Dibble20000012
Jack Christiansen1000006
Yale Lary1000006
Jerry Reichow1000006
Team Totals363636100.0162564.00300
Opponents Totals22212295.5112055.01188
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Bobby Layne121580.08/3/1/0/0/
Jim Martin41040.00/0/2/2/0/
Team Totals162564.08/3/3/2/0/
Opponents Totals112055.03/3/2/3/0/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Gene Gedman1354793.5337
Howard Cassady974134.3330
Don McIlhenny873724.3303
Leon Hart763484.6405
Bobby Layne461693.7205
Bill Bowman20844.2131
Jug Girard17673.9110
Tom Tracy12322.790
Harry Gilmer8192.460
Yale Lary11010.0100
Dave Middleton393.0100
Dorne Dibble188.080
Jerry Reichow111.010
Bill Stits300.060
Team Totals50720114.04621
Opponents Totals37315034.09
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Bobby Layne24412952.99819097.814.87093.7177.044186562.0
Harry Gilmer462758.7163036.611.241t48.736.51129280.3
Jerry Reichow6350.02193.26.31400.0116.7001917.4
Jug Girard11100.001919.019.01900.000.00019118.8
Don McIlhenny100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Bill Stits100.0000.000.01100.00000.0
Howard Cassady200.0100.000.0150.00000.0
Team Totals30116053.211822507.514.170134.3237.655219560.1
Opponents Totals29713846.513120456.914.8113.7289.4140190542.6
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Dave Middleton3960615.556t5
Dorne Dibble3259718.756t2
Jim Doran2544817.9310
Gene Gedman151429.5431
Leon Hart141168.3291
Howard Cassady9839.2210
Don McIlhenny8708.8212
Bill Bowman5346.818t1
Jerry Reichow46315.841t1
Bill Stits35217.3270
Jug Girard33311.0160
Tom Tracy362.050
Team Totals160225014.170*13
Opponents Totals138204514.811
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Yale Lary818222.873t1
Jack Christiansen810913.6330
Jimmy David740.630
Bob Long24723.5400
Bill Stits11111.0110
Joe Schmidt177.070
Carl Karilivacz100.000
Team Totals2836012.973t1
Opponents Totals2324310.61
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Yale Lary42169840.4610
Jug Girard1044844.8540
Team Totals52214641.361019737.5
Opponents Totals59232639.4233
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Howard Cassady13836.4340
Yale Lary22703.2380
Jack Christiansen67312.266t1
Jug Girard273.550
Team Totals432335.466t1
Opponents Totals321976.20
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Howard Cassady1638223.9420
Jack Christiansen611619.3220
Yale Lary47619.0290
Bill Stits34816.0190
Bill Bowman12424.0240
Charlie Ane11919.0190
Jim Salsbury11313.0130
Jerry Reichow199.090
Team Totals3368720.8420
Opponents Totals48104121.71
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Howard Cassady210100
Jim Doran100000
Sonny Gandee0002200
Gene Gedman320200
Harry Gilmer100000
Leon Hart300000
Carl Karilivacz0002200
Ray Krouse0002200
Yale Lary0001100
Bobby Layne300000
Bob Long0002200
Gil Mains0001100
Bob Miller00011230
Bill Stits0001100
Tom Tracy100000
Team Totals141131215230
Opponents Totals1612411150
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