Detroit Lions Career Defensive Leaders

Ranked by Interception Return Yards

The following are the Detroit Lions career defensive leaders ranked by interception return yards. 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. Lem Barney is the Detroit Lions career leader in interception return yards with 1,077.

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

      Interceptions
Player Gms Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. L. Barney 140 56 1,077 19.2 71t 7
2. Y. Lary 133 50 787 15.7 73t 2
3. D. LeBeau 185 62 762 12.3 70t 3
4. B. Smith 62 29 719 24.8 102 3
5. J. Christiansen 89 46 717 15.6 92t 3
6. L. Johnson 59 21 549 26.1 76 3
7. D. Doll 47 26 464 17.8 95t 2
8. D. Jauron 58 14 328 23.4 95t 1
9. G. Quin 96 19 313 16.5 56 2
10. M. Lucci 117 21 308 14.7 63t 4
11. J. Schmidt 155 24 294 12.2 30 2
12. J. Hunter 86 27 279 10.3 39t 1
13. D. Lane 66 21 272 13.0 80t 1
14. D. Slay 103 19 265 13.9 67t 1
15. D. Bly 55 19 263 13.8 55t 2
16. C. Houston 55 10 261 26.1 100 2
17. J. David 96 36 259 7.2 28 0
18. G. Lowe 85 19 257 13.5 42 0
19. R. Crockett 79 16 244 15.2 96t 1
20. B. Westbrook 64 12 239 19.9 102 3
21. B. Maher 108 16 235 14.7 56 0
22. J. Allen 60 24 231 9.6 34 0
23. W. Clay 54 11 227 20.6 39 1
24. B. Blades 126 12 219 18.2 98t 1
25. W. White 95 13 214 16.5 48 1
26. M. Weger 108 17 205 12.1 29t 1
27. J. Griffin 60 10 195 19.5 31 0
  D. Ryan 22 7 195 27.9 44 0
29. W. Rasmussen 112 16 189 11.8 50t 2
30. G. Jamison 130 9 177 19.7 52t 2
31. L. Delmas 65 6 174 29.0 102 1
32. N. Mathews 28 9 172 19.1 51 1
33. W. Walker 200 14 163 11.6 47 1
34. L. Torgeson 47 13 160 12.3 34 1
35. C. Karilivacz 58 10 153 15.3 30t 1
36. D. Mitchell 26 8 148 18.5 90t 1
37. A. Hall 76 7 144 20.6 60t 1
38. M. Carrier 44 11 143 13.0 66 0
39. D. Levy 95 12 141 11.8 66t 2
  R. Rice 79 12 141 11.8 33 0
41. C. Weaver 142 15 137 9.1 31 0
42. E. Hackney 42 5 135 27.0 63 0
43. A. Wojciechowicz 86 14 127 9.1 50 1
44. K. Kennedy 42 6 126 21.0 64t 1
45. J. Fletcher 13 3 122 40.7 88t 1
46. W. White 22 5 119 23.8 82t 1
47. E. Madarik 22 4 115 28.8 40 0
48. R. Bailey 56 5 113 22.6 74t 1
49. A. Smith 27 8 112 14.0 42t 2
50. B. McNorton 116 20 111 5.5 33 0