Detroit Lions Career Defensive Leaders

Ranked by Interception Return Average

The following are the Detroit Lions career defensive leaders ranked by interception return average. Included are player stats for the Detroit Lions (NFL) from 1934-2020 and the Portsmouth Spartans (NFL) from 1930-1933. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Levi Johnson is the Detroit Lions career leader in interception return average with 26.14.

Players active with the Detroit Lions during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 20 interceptions

      Interceptions
Player Gms Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. L. Johnson 59 21 549 26.1 76 3
2. B. Smith 62 29 719 24.8 102 3
3. L. Barney 140 56 1,077 19.2 71t 7
4. D. Doll 47 26 464 17.8 95t 2
5. Y. Lary 133 50 787 15.7 73t 2
6. J. Christiansen 89 46 717 15.6 92t 3
7. M. Lucci 117 21 308 14.7 63t 4
8. D. Lane 66 21 272 13.0 80t 1
9. D. LeBeau 185 62 762 12.3 70t 3
10. J. Schmidt 155 24 294 12.2 30 2
11. J. Hunter 86 27 279 10.3 39t 1
12. J. Allen 60 24 231 9.6 34 0
13. J. David 96 36 259 7.2 28 0
14. B. McNorton 116 20 111 5.5 33 0
15. B. Watkins 83 20 85 4.2 31 0