Detroit Lions Single Season Defensive Leaders

Ranked by Interception Return Average

The following are the Detroit Lions single season 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. Dick Jauron is the Detroit Lions single season leader in interception return average with 52.00.

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

Leaders based on 4 interceptions

      Interceptions
Player Season Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
  D. Jauron 1973 Det 4 208 52.0 95t 1
  C. Houston 2011 Det 5 225 45.0 100 2
  L. Johnson 1976 Det 6 206 34.3 76 1
  L. Barney 1973 Det 4 130 32.5 38 0
  D. LeBeau 1963 Det 5 158 31.6 70t 1
  L. Johnson 1974 Det 5 139 27.8 55t 2
  D. Doll 1949 Det 11 301 27.4 95t 1
  D. Bly 2004 Det 4 107 26.8 55t 1
  D. Ryan 1946 Det 4 105 26.2 44 0
  G. Lowe 1959 Det 5 130 26.0 42 0
  N. Mathews 1941 Det 5 128 25.6 51 1
  B. Smith 1950 Det 5 128 25.6 41 1
  W. Rasmussen 1965 Det 5 122 24.4 50t 2
  B. Smith 1949 Det 9 218 24.2 102 1
  L. Barney 1970 Det 7 168 24.0 49t 2
  W. White 1990 Det 5 120 24.0 48 1
  M. Lucci 1966 Det 5 118 23.6 63t 1
  R. Crockett 1991 Det 6 141 23.5 96t 1
  L. Barney 1967 Det 10 232 23.2 71t 3
  Y. Lary 1956 Det 8 182 22.8 73t 1
  J. Griffin 1987 Det 6 130 21.7 29 0
  W. Clay 1995 Det 8 173 21.6 39 0
  J. Ihedigbo 2014 Det 4 86 21.5 70 0
  B. Westbrook 2000 Det 6 126 21.0 102 1
  B. Dudley 1947 Det 5 104 20.8 41t 1
  B. Smith 1952 Det 9 184 20.4 90 1
  D. Lane 1960 Det 5 102 20.4 80t 1
  L. Torgeson 1952 Det 5 100 20.0 34 1
  J. Christiansen 1953 Det 12 238 19.8 92t 1
  Y. Lary 1953 Det 5 98 19.6 32 0
  G. Quin 2015 Det 4 77 19.2 31t 1
  B. Maher 1965 Det 4 76 19.0 35 0
  M. Carrier 1997 Det 5 94 18.8 66 0
  T. Lyght 2001 Det 4 72 18.0 59t 1
  B. Maher 1966 Det 5 90 18.0 56 0
  J. Hunter 1977 Det 6 104 17.3 26 0
  J. Hunter 1976 Det 7 120 17.1 39t 1
  Y. Lary 1964 Det 6 101 16.8 30 0
  D. LeBeau 1962 Det 4 67 16.8 31t 1
  G. Quin 2014 Det 7 117 16.7 56 0
  D. LeBeau 1966 Det 4 66 16.5 37 0
  L. Johnson 1973 Det 5 82 16.4 38 0
  R. Rice 1999 Det 5 82 16.4 33 0
  Y. Lary 1961 Det 6 95 15.8 42 0
  L. Barney 1969 Det 8 126 15.8 32 0
  L. Barney 1974 Det 4 61 15.2 39 0
  Y. Lary 1952 Det 4 61 15.2 53 0
  D. Bly 2003 Det 6 89 14.8 48t 1
  M. Lucci 1971 Det 5 74 14.8 27t 2
  D. Galloway 1986 Det 4 58 14.5 36 0