5. Gail Cogdill
One guy who never seems to get his due credit in the history of the Detriot Lions franchise is Gail Cogdill. The former wide receiver never played a on a playoff team (it was of course much harder to make it back then), and never had a 1,000 yard season (team’s played 12 and 14 regular season games during his career), but Cogdill had a very impressive start to a stellar career.
From 1960 to 1963, the former Washington State Cougar averaged 47 catches and 883 yards per season, despite the limited number of regular season games. He also scored 24 of his 28 touchdowns with Detroit during that time. His 1960 campaign of 43 receptions and 642 yards earned him NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Two years later, Cogdill had a career high 991 receiving yards, leading the team to an 11-3 record. Good enough for a top 5 spot on this list.