The Detroit Lions have a fiercely loyal fan base and have put up with a lot over the years. On most teams the focal point is the quarterback, and the Lions are no different. Here is a look at nine great Detroit Lions quarterback trivia facts.
-In 1950, Bobby Layne threw 16 touchdown passes, more than half of them (9) went to receiver Cloyce Box including his last five touchdown passes that year.
-The first touchdown pass of Matthew Stafford’s career came from eight yards out and went to wide receiver Calvin Johnson in a week two loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
-Hall of Famer Bobby Layne, who played for Detroit from 1950 to 1958, threw for more completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, and interceptions as a Lion than any other player in history.
-Lions quarterback Eric Hipple had his first 300 yard game in 1981. He would only have three total during his career, and his second one wouldn’t come until five seasons later in 1986.
-In Dan Orlovsky’s first career start in the NFL, a loss to the Minnesota Vikings, he dropped back to pass and inadvertently stepped out of the back of his own endzone, giving the Vikings a safety and giving the Lions a two point loss.
-No Detroit quarterback has rushed for more yards in one season than Greg Landry did in 1971 when he gained 530 yards while maintaining a 7.0 yards per carry average. His season included a 52 yard run.
-The Detroit Lions team record for most fumbles in one season is 17 and was set in 2007 by quarterback Jon Kitna.
-The first touchdown pass of Eric Hipple’s career came in a 48-17 Detroit win over the Chicago Bears, it went for just two yards to running back Rick Kane.
-In 1983, longtime Lions quarterback Greg Landry played one season for the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League (USFL).