In six days, the Detroit Lions will begin their eighty-second NFL season. To commemorate this much anticipated 2012/13 campaign, for the next 100 days, WaketheHerd.com will be presenting, in reverse order from 100 to 1, the top 100 Detroit Lions in franchise history. The list and rankings are compiled by yours truly and span the entire history of the franchise. As always, feedback is welcomed. Yesterday, we started things off with Reggie Brown at 100. Here is number 99:
99. Cory Schlesinger
Fullback. 1995-2007 Detroit
A fan favorite for many years, Schlesinger, during his latter years in Detroit, was recognized as one of the finest pure fullbacks in the NFL. After a stellar college career at the University of Nebraska, he came to the Lions as their sixth-round selection in the 1995 draft. Used mainly as a lead blocker and on special teams during his first six-seasons in Detroit, Schlesinger established himself as a tough, hard-nosed team player.
The Detroit arrival of the famed West Coast Offense in 2001 gave Schlesinger a chance to finally showcase the skills that many observers felt he had all along. In 2001, he established career-highs in rushes (47), rushing yards (154), receptions (60), and receiving yards (466), all while maintaining his dominance as a lead blocker. He was named as an alternate to the Pro Bowl three times (2002-04). Schlesinger’s special teams play had always been strong. From 1995-2001, no other Lion recorded more tackles on those special units than Schlesinger’s 118.