We’re going back forty years for our next installment of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions. Today, we pay tribute to number 98 in the countdown, linebacker Charlie Weaver.
98. Charlie Weaver
Outside Linebacker. 1971-81 Detroit; 1981 Washington Redskins
While the NFL does not officially recognize tackle statistics, the Detroit Lions have recorded their player’s totals since 1973. Since that time, Charlie Weaver has established himself as one of the most productive tacklers in Lions’ history. Charlie came to Motown in 1971, as the Lions second-round draft pick out of the University of Southern California. He moved into the starting lineup in 1973, replacing the retired Wayne Walker, and remained a starter through the 1980 campaign.
Charlie currently ranks in sixth-place (since 1973) on the Lions’ all-time tackles list with 691. He also made 15 career interceptions, which places him 21st all-time in the Lions’ record book. In franchise history, only Joe Schmidt and Mike Lucci have been credited with more interceptions as a linebacker than Charlie. He led the Lions in tackles and sacks in 1976 with 114 stops, and 7 sacks, respectively. That season also saw Weaver win the first of his two-consecutive Lion defensive MVP awards.