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1959 Detroit Lions (NFL) 5th place Western Conference 3-8-1 .273
Head Coach: George Wilson
EndsBob Dove
LineAldo Forte
Offensive BacksRay McLean
Coaches AssistantBob Nussbaumer
DefenseGarrard Ramsey
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/8/1959NLos Angeles Rams20-20TBoulder, COFolsom Stadium18742
Sat8/15/1959BChicago Cardinals21-19WNorman, OKOklahoma Memorial Stadium40000
Sat8/22/1959ACleveland Browns9-3WAkron, OHRubber Bowl22654
Sat8/29/1959HNew York Giants0-38LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium28679
Thu9/3/1959NPhiladelphia Eagles35-24WToledo, OHGlass Bowl9500
Sun9/13/1959HCleveland Browns31-28WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium33435
Sat9/19/1959HWashington Redskins52-14WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium28245
Sun9/27/1959ABaltimore Colts9-21LBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium55588
Sun10/4/1959AGreen Bay Packers10-28LGreen Bay, WICity Stadium32150
Sun10/11/1959HBaltimore Colts24-31LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium54197
Sun10/18/1959HSan Francisco 49ers13-34LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium52585
Sun10/25/1959ALos Angeles Rams17-7WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum74288
Sun11/1/1959ASan Francisco 49ers7-33LSan Francisco, CAKezar Stadium59064
Sun11/8/1959APittsburgh Steelers10-10TPittsburgh, PAForbes Field24619
Sun11/15/1959HLos Angeles Rams23-17WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium52271
Sun11/22/1959HChicago Bears14-24LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium54059
Thu11/26/1959HGreen Bay Packers17-24LDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium49221
Sun12/6/1959HChicago Cardinals45-21WDetroit, MIBriggs Stadium45811
Sun12/13/1959AChicago Bears14-25LChicago, ILWrigley Field40890
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 AneC6'226028Compton CC; Southern California1111
41Terry BarrRDH-ROH6'018924Michigan129
40Howard CassadyLOH5'1018325Ohio State1212
88Gene CookOE6'321527Toledo10
76Lou CreekmurLOT6'424632William & Mary88
85Gene CroninRDE-RLB6'222926Sacramento CC; Pacific120
25Jimmy DavidLDH5'1017832Colorado State1212
83Jim DoranROE6'220132Iowa State100
80Jim GibbonsROE-LOE6'222023Iowa1211
53Bill GlassRDE-C6'525224Baylor1212
75John GordyROG-LOT6'324824Tennessee1211
60Bob GrottkauROG-LOG6'422822Oregon128
35John Henry JohnsonFB-ROH6'221030St. Mary's (California); Arizona State102
88Steve JunkerROE6'321724Xavier (Ohio)63
71Alex KarrasLDT6'224824Iowa1212
28Yale LaryRDH-RS6'018729Texas A&M1010
24Dick LeBeauRS6'018522Ohio State66
45Danny LewisROH6'119923Wisconsin1110
86Bob LongLLB6'323225UCLA1212
43Gary LoweLS5'1119625Michigan State1212
72Gil MainsRDT-RDE6'224330Murray State1212
47Jim MartinRLB-K6'222735Notre Dame128
78Darris McCordLDE6'425026Tennessee1212
84Dave MiddletonLOE-LOH6'119426Auburn1210
14Earl MorrallQB-P6'220525Michigan State126
77Ben PaolucciLDT6'224022Wayne State (Michigan)40
79Gerry PerryRDT-LDE-K6'423729Pepperdine; Compton CC; California100
33Nick PietrosanteFB6'222522Notre Dame106
64Mike RaboldROG-LOG6'223921Indiana120
87Jerry ReichowQB-LOH6'221725Iowa100
18Tobin RoteQB6'321131Rice106
73Ken RussellLOT-ROT6'325324Bowling Green State40
56Joe SchmidtMLB6'122027Pittsburgh1212
66Harley SewellLOG6'123028Texas1110
76Ollie SpencerROT6'224528Kansas1211
20Jim SteffenLDH6'019623Santa Ana JC; UCLA90
55Wayne WalkerRLB-K6'222523Idaho94
74Jim WeatherallRDT6'424530Oklahoma81
34Ken WebbFB5'1120724Presbyterian123
23Dave WhitsellRS6'018923Indiana122
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Nick Pietrosante16BNotre Dame
Charley Horton218GBaylor
Mike Rabold219TIndianafrom PIT
Ronnie Koes330CNorth Carolina
Ron Luciano336TSyracusefrom BAL
Art Brandriff442BVirginia Military Institute
Bob Grottkau446GOregon
Dick Guesman667TWest Virginiafrom PIT
Ben Donnell777CVanderbilt
Jim Linden888TOregon
Carl Smith9101BTennessee
Jack Laraway10112BPurdue
Harry Jacobs11125GBradley
Ron Stehouwer12136TColorado State
Jim Steffen13149BUCLA
Jim Baldwin14160CMcMurry
Bruce Maher15173BDetroit Mercy
George McGee16184TSouthern University
Jack Rudolph17197EGeorgia Tech
Dave Holden18208TLos Angeles State
Rufus Granderson19221TPrairie View A&M
Dan McGrew20232CPurdue
Buddy Davis21245BRichmond
LeBron Shields22256TTennesseeFuture
Sal Cesario23269TDenver
Fred Riddle24280BPittsburgh
Dan Chamberlain25293ESacramento State
Jim Bradley26304BLincoln (Missouri)
Bill Jerry27317TSouth Carolina
Vince Matthews28328BTexas
Dave Sime29341EDuke
Ron Stover30352EOregon
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4th
Team Totals40655147
Opponents Totals68814383
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals19890872165496
Opponents Totals196791031464603
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Howard Cassady50000030
Gerry Perry01818100.03742.9027
Jim Martin0010.071643.8021
John Henry Johnson30000018
Nick Pietrosante30000018
Jim Doran20000012
Danny Lewis20000012
Dave Middleton20000012
Tobin Rote20000012
Ken Webb20000012
Terry Barr1000006
Jim Gibbons1000006
Yale Lary1000006
Jerry Reichow1000006
Wayne Walker05683.30005
Team Totals25232592.0102343.50203
Opponents Totals343434100.0112152.42275
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Jim Martin71643.80/2/2/2/1/
Gerry Perry3742.92/1/0/0/0/
Team Totals102343.52/4/2/2/1/
Opponents Totals112152.46/2/3/0/0/
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Nick Pietrosante764475.9373
John Henry Johnson822703.3392
Ken Webb602223.7292
Howard Cassady522033.9181
Danny Lewis491994.1202
Tobin Rote351564.5212
Earl Morrall261124.3220
Jerry Reichow13987.5460
Terry Barr55711.4371
Yale Lary11818.0180
Charlie Ane01010L0
Team Totals39917924.54613
Opponents Totals40315623.913
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Earl Morrall1376547.46611028.017.079t53.664.422887469.1
Tobin Rote1626238.3818615.313.95953.11911.723262926.8
Jerry Reichow27933.3161686.218.74100.027.4716124.9
Terry Barr100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Yale Lary100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals32813641.516521316.515.779t103.0278.2467166439.6
Opponents Totals28814751.012723408.115.9196.6144.9246209480.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Jim Gibbons3143113.9381
Dave Middleton1840222.379t2
Nick Pietrosante161408.8200
Howard Cassady1531621.159t4
Jim Doran1419113.6251
Ken Webb1220116.8670
Terry Barr1018018.0450
Jerry Reichow711816.9321
John Henry Johnson7344.9181
Danny Lewis57515.0300
Gene Cook14343.0430
Team Totals136213115.779t10
Opponents Totals147234015.919
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Gary Lowe513026.0420
Yale Lary300.000
Jim Martin23316.5190
Jimmy David273.570
Terry Barr12929.0290
Joe Schmidt11717.0170
Team Totals1421615.4420
Opponents Totals2737013.71
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Yale Lary45212147.1670
Earl Morrall1148143.7660
Team Totals56260246.567023042.4
Opponents Totals69301343.7197
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Terry Barr161026.4240
Yale Lary21432.1120
Gary Lowe681.380
Dave Middleton33010.0210
Jim Steffen300.000
Howard Cassady11414.0140
Team Totals501973.9240
Opponents Totals362306.40
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Ken Webb1635222.0450
Terry Barr922424.9330
Howard Cassady816320.4340
Nick Pietrosante59819.6240
Danny Lewis199.090
Jim Martin100.000
Mike Rabold100.000
Ken Russell100.000
Team Totals4284620.1450
Opponents Totals3777420.90
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Charlie Ane00101100
Terry Barr200000
Howard Cassady210100
Gene Cronin0013450
Jim Doran0010101
Jim Gibbons210100
Bill Glass0011200
John Henry Johnson420200
Alex Karras0001100
Yale Lary2022381
Dick LeBeau0001140
Danny Lewis310100
Bob Long0002200
Gary Lowe102290
Gil Mains1033140
Jim Martin0011200
Dave Middleton0010100
Earl Morrall710100
Gerry Perry0001100
Nick Pietrosante410100
Tobin Rote220200
Joe Schmidt1011410
Ollie Spencer0020200
Jim Steffen0001100
Ken Webb500000
Team Totals36191719361152
Opponents Totals31191219311
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